The British Automobile Racing Club operate a fleet of ten Motorsport Rescue Units. These are mostly Renault Master vans that have been specially modified to accommodate the extensive range of medical and rescue equipment that is carried on each vehicle.
Motorsport Rescue Units are present at motorsport events around the country, to provide medical and extrication facilities in particular, and to enhance the safety of motorsport in general.
The vehicles themselves are required to be licensed by the controlling body of UK Motorsport, the Motor Sports Association (MSA). The MSA regulations specify the equipment to be carried by a Rescue Unit and all of the BARC vehicles are equipped well in excess of this specification.
A Motorsport Rescue Unit could best be described as a cross between an Ambulance and a Fire Engine, carrying a comprehensive amount of medical equipment together with tools specifically designed to assist in removing a trapped driver from his vehicle.
All crew members are required to hold current MSA Rescue Licences, and some instances have added to this basic requirement by taking additional recognised emergency aid courses, usually in their own time.
The First Aid at Work and, more recently, Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) are the two main additional qualifications held by our crew members.
The BARC Rescue Units are manned entirely by unpaid volunteers who give up an average of seven days a month travelling with the vehicles on behalf of the BARC, providing rescue and medical cover at BARC motorsport meetings.
The Rescue Units also attend many other events including the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, various Superbike meetings and corporate track days.
Sponsorship opportunities can include completely liveried vehicles, decals on vehicles and/or badges on the crew overalls.
For additional information regarding the possibility of Sponsorship of Rescue Units or Crew Overalls, please contact our Headquarters Rescue Vehicle Co-Ordinator, Martin Hunt. Martin may be contacted by e-mail addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Persons interested in becoming members of a BARC Rescue Crew should also contact Martin Hunt in the first instance.
MSA licences for applicants with appropriate experience and qualifications can occasionally be fast-tracked.
Existing members of the BARC Marshalling Team who are interested in joining a Rescue Unit, should initially contact Paula Brown (Marshals Secretary) at the BARC’s offices. Click this link to send Chris an email, or visit our Corporate page for more contact details.