West Mercia Search & Rescue save people in danger.
Always on-call. Always professional. Always volunteers.
We drop everything to respond – the call could come at any time to find someone and save their life.
We care deeply about people in danger and train hard to help them.
We go in to danger and get people out safely.
We are the hand reaching to people in need. We are the first face they see when all else is lost.
We are called out by the Police and Fire Services when help is needed in finding and saving people in Shropshire, Herefordshire or Worcestershire.
We provide highly-trained, well-equipped specialists for:
- Search for missing vulnerable adults and children
- Rescue from floods
- Rescue 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 80 members and trainees 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.