Lancaster Area Search and Rescue (LASAR) is a flood rescue team based in Lancaster and operating within North Lancashire and South Cumbria. We are a new charity which was set up at the beginning of this year in response to recent weather events.
In recent years, both counties have suffered from the impact of flooding at an enormous emotional, social and financial cost ranging from Cockermouth, Keswick, Carlisle from the early 2000s to Storms Desmond and Brian where emergency crews responded to hundreds of incidents, each in the space of few days. In situations like these, the emergency services need help from specialist flood rescue teams with 4x4 vehicles and flood rescue boats capable of traversing the difficult ground, together with specially trained personnel.
LASAR is affiliated with Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB) who provide intensive training to our operational team to provide the highest possible professional standard of training in compliance with the DEFRA Concept of Operations.
Working closely with the emergency services, we have also been called out to support Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service with the recent wildfires in and around Winter Hill. Our team have specialist knowledge of all terrain tracked vehicles (Hagglunds) and provided support for firefighters, transporting equipment and water to those hard-to-reach areas.
LASAR is a registered charity who rely on donations and public support to be able to fund our rescue service. In March this year, we secured premises to use as both a training base and a Charity Shop on Caton Road in Lancaster.
Check out our website and social media pages to see what we are currently doing, or for more information or to arrange talks, please don’t hesitate to contact us..