Some facts and figures Year to Date 2012

We currently have Forty One Call Out List members, one Trainee Call Out list member, three ‘Reserve Call Out list members, ten Probationary Team members, and thirteen Support Group members.

We currently have four Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulance vehicles, and one Ford Transit Minibus Ambulance in team service.

We currently have four trailers in team service ; consisting of a Control trailer, a Catering Unit, our SAR boat trailer and a trailer containing our two AerShelta Inflatable Shelter tents.

We currently have one 3.5m semi rigid inflatable SAR Boat.

We operate out of garage premises at GMFRS Bolton Central Fire Station, (Thanks to GMFRS) and garage and our Base / HQ premises at Ladybridge Hall, Chorley New Road, Bolton. (Courtesy of NWAS)

We have 748 Twitter ‘Followers.’

We have attended to date this year 101 Call Outs involving 116 separate incidents.

We will reach an astounding 1.5 million hits on our website soon in the New Year.

‘Briefly Yours’ the teams in-house member only circulation A4 format news-sheet, carrying details of team activities, policy, procedures, gossip, debriefs on incidents and general chit chat, which is copied to every team member is now on Issue 213 this year ! (So much to record and pass on to our membership)

We have one operational Search Dog in the team, Search Dog Boris (With his handler Steve Nelson) who is a very specialist ‘Trailing Dog.’

We have one Drowned Victim Search Dog, Sasha, currently in training (With her handler, and former SARDA Air Scenting dog handler, Dave Marsh)

We currently have one potential ‘Air Scenting’ Search Dog in training with SARDA England, Bella (With her handler Paul Chisholm)