Community treated to look behind scenes at sea rescue crews

THEY save lives at sea. No wonder the community were out in force to get a closer look at Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) and partners.

Thursday, 11th July 2019, 4:34 pm
Updated Monday, 15th July 2019, 10:34 am
Ryan Gascoigne (four), from Gosport with firefighter Steve Lowes. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (140719-4)

The GAFIRS Day, now in its 12th year, gave people the chance to have a look behind the scenes at the work involved in saving lives.

The 50 members of GAFIRS  contribute 10,000 hours of their time a year to help save lives.

Jake Robinson, community director, said: ‘We had a lot of people turn-up for the event and find out more about what we do, as well as our partners who help us in saving lives.

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Ruby Randall (three), from Gosport with RNLI team member Matt Knight. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (140719-5)

‘It’s a good opportunity for people to see how our operation runs and look at our cutting edge technology and see a real life simulation of saving someone at sea.

‘We appreciate all the support we get from the community. We are all volunteers from all walks of life.’

Partners involved at the event included HM Coastguard, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, South Central Ambulance Service, Ramora UK, Safer Gosport Community Team, National Coastwatch and Gosport Tourist Information Office.