Water rescue team comes to Gloucester
The Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) will base some of its rescue equipment at Gloucester South fire station in Tuffley.
SARA is an inshore rescue boat and land search organisation covering the Severn estuary and the surrounding area.
It is tasked by HM Coastguard, fire and rescue services, the police and ambulance services across the area to provide search and rescue services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.
From 11th February SARA will be welcomed to Gloucester South fire station with one of its rescue boats and 4 x 4 towing vehicle. This will improve response times to incidents in the Gloucester area and provide added resilience for large-scale flooding events.
The association already works closely with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, particularly during emergencies such as flooding and river rescues; the co-location will bring closer working and training together.
Cllr Will Windsor Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said, "I'd like to welcome SARA to their new base at Gloucester South fire station. I'm sure that having a base here will have a positive impact on the way we can respond to future flooding events in the river area around the city."
Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer and operations director at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said, "We're always seeking opportunities to work closer with SARA because experience has shown that working together during wide-area flooding, and water rescues, provides the most effective service to the community".
Geoff Dawe, Sharpness lifeboat operations manager for Severn Area Rescue Association said, "We're proud to announce that Gloucester Fire and Rescue Service is providing accommodation for a SARA "satellite" station in Gloucester.
"With the ever increasing need for rescue facilities on the water, both on the Severn and the inland waters, the public in Gloucestershire will be provided with a resilient water rescue service".
SARA has four other stations along the river Severn at Beachley, Sharpness, Tewkesbury and the Wyre Forest in Kidderminster