Who we are

West Mercia Search & Rescue find people who are at risk from injury, hazardous terrain or water, and ensure their safety.

We are called out by the Police and Fire Services when help is needed in locating vulnerable people in Shropshire, Herefordshire or Worcestershire.

We are a registered charity, and nobody in the team is paid for their time.

100% of all donations go towards running the operational rescue team.


We provide highly-trained, well-equipped specialists to assist the emergency services in the:

  • Search for missing vulnerable adults and children
  • Rescue of persons from floods
  • Rescue of persons from rivers and other waterways
  • Provision of care to anyone whose life is in danger

We are all unpaid civilians, but we are audited by multiple agencies to ensure that our training, equipment and response is as reliable as the emergency services themselves.



We currently have 60 members based across the region, from Malvern to Hereford to Oswestry. We plan to grow this to 100 operational members by end of 2018.


We are governed by a board of Trustees and we answer to the Charities Commission for all spending and fundraising. Our Trustees include John Redmond, who retired as Chief Fire Officer of Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service in 2016.


We have a main equipment base where we keep our vehicles. We are building fast-response and training bases in Hereford, Worcester and Shrewsbury. And all of our members can deploy from home for immediate callouts.


We have, amongst other items:

  • 6 powerboats
  • 2 rafts
  • a fleet of kayaks
  • a drone
  • a command vehicle
  • 2 crew-welfare and equipment vehicles
  • a 4×4 response vehicle
  • First response medical kits
  • Rescue and recovery kits


Our training is provided by our own in-house training team, Lowland Rescue trainers, and Rescue 3 providers.