A busy few weeks for the team after all the recent heavy snow across Cumbria. Hagglund 1 and its crew has been working in and round the Grange over Sands and Allithwaite area transporting people around, helping recover cars and more recently assisting a stranded Asda delivery van. Hagglund 2 has been in and around Lindale and the Lyth Valley. The Landrover Ambulance and crew has been operating in Milnthorpe, across to Gatebeck and Crooklands, where amongst other jobs it assisted a stranded Ambulance and helped transfer an elderly lady by stretcher from her home so she could be transported to Lancaster Royal Infirmary
After proving the teams capabilities to Cumbria Fire & Rescue Senior Officers during joint training exercises and live incidents in the past 18 months. Followed by a visit from the Cumbria Chief Fire Officer Dominic Harrison to the BSAR station at Flookburgh. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Thursday 22nd October. This has resulted in Bay Search and Rescue becoming an official on-call Technical Rescue and Support unit for the whole of Cumbria, who can be called on by local Fire Crews who have the need of our specialist vehicles, equipment and skills.
This will be for situations such as: Moorland and forest fires; to safely transport fire crews and heavy equipment to the scene. Animal rescue: a recent success extracting a horse from quicksand at Silverdale proved this point. Flood rescue; transporting crews, equipment and welfare into flood areas and recovering people back out safely (and warm and dry!). Recovery of crashed vehicles, aeroplanes etc from difficult to access areas. And of course any operations involving snow or blocked roads and gaining access to stranded vehicles and cut off homes.