Hi, Joyce has just sent me the link so that i could have a quick look, Many Thanks for your assistance and donation, it is gratefully received as you can appreciate as a stand alone independant rescue service fundraising is the key to keeping us running, and allowing us to provide the diverse range of rescue capabilities we have for the users of the solent, portsmouth harbour and sometimes miles inland.
The organisation started many years ago following an incident in stokes bay, and a post the closure of the gosport lifesaving club, following this GAFIRS was born, a young teacher from bayhouse school was involved with the formation of the organisation you see today, it was back in 1969 a Canoe Rescue unit manned by the youth (Some of whom are still members today),over the years it has evolved to what we are today, but has always maintained its root's in providing youngsters with lifesaving skills and sense of community spirit.
Historically 14yrs has always been the age that the youth section have started (sadly nowadays this is more down to insurnace than anything), and has also helped many youngsters on their way to thier Duke of Edingburgh's awards for community service, whilst learning skills that may oneday save a life.
Thanking you once again for your help, as you know we man most weekends (Sundays during the winter) so if your'e ever in the area and want to drop in for a look at the station and the ribs please feel free to do so
Ian Sweet (GAFIRS Paramedic)