Warwickshire Search and Rescue team moves into new home

The Warwickshire Search and Rescue Team.
The Warwickshire Search and Rescue Team.

A search and rescue charity has moved into its first permanent base in a village in Warwickshire.

The Warwickshire Lowland Rescue team, which is made up of around 50 volunteers, was set-up three years ago to support the police with searches for vulnerable missing people.

The new base will act as a place for volunteers to train and will also be a storage facility for equipment used on call outs.

The charity also has a dog team, which are used to cover larger areas and those that are difficult for human teams to search. There is also a kayak team to assist with water searches.

Previously the team had used Foleshill Fire Station in Coventry, as a training base but did not have a permanent home.

The charity moved into Allander House at Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh in late October.

Phil Hewish, chair of Warwickshire Search and Rescue, said: “Having a central base in Warwickshire will make a huge difference to us. We hold regular training sessions every other week as well as ad hoc sessions, so having a dedicated place to do this whenever we need to will make a huge difference to the whole of the team.

“We would like to thank Foleshill Fire Station for all of their support as well as Stoneleigh Park for making the space available for us.”

Colin Hooper, Stoneleigh Park estates director, said: “Warwickshire Search and Rescue provides an invaluable service to the police and we are extremely happy to welcome its team of dedicated volunteers to Stoneleigh Park.”