Meet the crew Our volunteer rescue crew have a diverse and varied array of backgrounds. Each member has unique skills and abilities they bring to the team, quite simply they are 'ordinary people doing extra ordinary things'.
We are currently in the process of updating this page with content about our inspirational crew members, please keep an eye out for exciting new content coming soon.
All members of our team are unpaid professionals who give up their time freely, on call 24/7. As well as responding to emergency call outs throughout the day and night crew also spend significant amounts of time training to keep our skills fresh and current for whatever the next call out may be. The crew also have to spend many hours throughout the year fundraising to ensure our essential work can continue to provide support to communities in our operational area. If you would like to assist our crew with fundraising please visit our dedicated page by clicking HERE.
SARA Wyre Forest Operational Crew and Supporters - May 2016
Search and Rescue Dog - 'Dyno'
Dyno is a Lowland search and rescue dog for SARA Wyre Forest and is on call 24/7 for West Midlands Police to help to find missing people. "It has taken 2 and half years to get Dyno to the Search and Rescue Search Dog Standard, although he picked up searching quite quickly”. Dyno has passed a strict obedience acceptance test and also a stock test to show that he had no interest in sheep, quite a challenge, especially being a Border Collie”. K9 handler, Matt and Dyno are accredited by NASDU, the National Association of Security Dog Users. This agency governs and trains dogs for the police and security services, including the MOD. This is unlike most Mountain Rescue and other search teams who are registered with NSARDA, SARDA or Lowland Rescue. Matt has been clear on this point from the outset of his work with us. However, this does not detract from the skills and expertise of this partnership, they have demonstrated time and again their worth within SARA Wyre Forest. We work closely with dog handler instructors within West Midlands Police and West Mercia Police to ensure the highest standards are met. SARA Wyre Forest, will continue to fully support the hard work and dedication shown by Matt. All assets available to this team will be deployed during our response to search and rescue of those in danger.
James Bamforth Station Chairman
James joined the team in 2005, he is now responsible for managing team at SARA Wyre Forest. He is a member of the SARA Executive Committee and represents the team at many meetings with partner agencies, including the police, fire and ambulance services.
"I enjoy telling people about the work we do within SARA, I'm honoured to lead so many dedicated volunteers".
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What is SARA?
SARA is an Inshore Rescue boat and Land Search organisation covering Wyre Forest and the surrounding area.