Recently SARA Wyre Forest were visited by Vicki and Ian Jones; parents of Tom Jones who tragically lost his life in the River Severn at Worcester in September 2018. The team were presented with a cheque from the generous donations given to the family.
We are grateful for this donation and the continued support that we receive from the community. Donations like this enable us to continue undertaking voluntary search and rescue work on land and in water.
During May and June SARA has given water awareness safety talks at schools in Bromsgrove, Redditch, Stourport, Bewdley and Kidderminster in partnership with Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, West Mercia Police and other groups working to keep young people safe from harm.
We have been pretty quiet on the news front for a while as the crew have been so busy, however, we have some exciting news to share with this post...
We are very fortunate that the owner of the site planned for the brand new Stourport Marina recognises the importance of Severn Area Rescue Association - Wyre Forest Station and will be providing a section of land to SARA in the hope of getting funding for a new building for training purposes, and to give us faster access to the River Severn when deploying our boats. There is also the possibility of a helicopter pad if required.
For more information visit the Kidderminster Shuttle website.
On 22nd September 2018 a team of dedicated crew members from SARA Wyre Forest Rescue Station will be taking on a 10km extreme obstacle race (https://xrunner.co.uk) to help raise much needed funds for our charity.
The crew are busy preparing for the 6 mile grueling, muddy obstacle course around their existing training and operational commitments. If you would like to show your support and help keep our rescue station operational please donate securely via out JustGiving link HERE.
100% of donations go towards keeping our organisation running as every single member is a volunteer.
During the recent heatwave SARA Wyre Forest has issued the advice to the public 'Just don't go in'. The advice has been issued during a period of hot weather which has seen many people swimming in open water to cool down. This summer has already claimed numerous lives of people swimming in dangerous waters across the UK, and SARA has already been called to one of these tragic incidents.
Please take a few moments to click the link to the BBC News video and educate anybody who may be at risk.
We have been overwhelmed by your response to our Operational recruitment morning on Saturday 28th April. Due to high demand, we have now closed this session. We will be contacting all candidates who have expressed an interest in the next 24 hours.
This note refers only to operational roles, we are still actively recruiting for Supporters of SARA (SOS), so please get in touch (HERE) with us if you have some spare time to help us fundraise and run events.
Thank you to everyone that has responded and please keep an eye on our page for any future operational recruitment activity
We are currently looking to recruit new operational crew and Supporters of SARA (SOS).
All we ask is for you live local to Kidderminster or in a neighboring area. No previous experience or qualifications are needed to join SARA, as all training is provided. Our membership is made up of individuals of all ages and from a huge variety of different professions and backgrounds.
It is important to note that SARA is more than a spare time hobby as we are a group of unpaid professionals, but there a few spare time activities that can be as exhilarating and rewarding as Search & Rescue. All crew are expected to partake in fundraising activities, regardless of role.
We are having an information day on Saturday 28th April at 9:00am.
To book your place, please contact us ASAP by clicking HERE.
In March 2016 Severn Area Rescue Association - Wyre Forest Station tragically lost a friend and colleague in a traffic collision.
Stuart Frost (callsign W26) was a popular and dedicated volunteer crew member in our rescue family. Stuart will always be remembered. To keep his memory alive, we recently undertook a training exercise on the rescue boat SARA 26 ‘Stuart Frost’, so named in his memory. We observed a minute’s silence and reflection followed by a blue light run.
You will always be missed Stuart, but never forgotten.
On Friday 30th March, Ultimate Outdoors Merry Hill opened its doors to the crew of SARA Wyre Forest, allowing them to hold a collection to help with their much needed fundraising. On display were our hi-tech Incident Support Unit and SARA 26, the newest boat to our rescue fleet. Members of the public were able to meet the crew, ask questions and children were able to sit in our rescue boat whilst wearing some our our safety gear.
If you missed out this time we will be at Ultimate Outdoors Merry Hill again on Saturday 5th May, 10am - 3pm. Subject to operational commitments.
If you would like to support our essential work please contact us to see how you can help.
Thank you Ultimate Outdoors!
Hereford and Worcester Fire Service have confirmed that the location of the new Emergency Service Hub. Stourpoint 5 in Kidderminster has been named as the site which will also be a home for the SARA Wyre Forest team.
This is great news for the team and means greater working opportunities between the local Emergency Services. Furthermore it will give us a purpose built home that will meet our needs, allowing us to respond more quicker to incidents.
Walton & Hipkiss Estate Agents Kidderminster