Archive for October, 2013

WILSAR Receives Police Chief Constable’s Award

30 October 2013  |  News  |  ,

Wednesday 30th October 2013.

Proud volunteers and their families from Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR) gathered in Devizes on Wednesday to receive Wiltshire Police Chief Constable’s Certificate of Appreciation. The Chief Constable attended the event in person to present the award to Gail Leaman, the Chair of WILSAR.

Mr Geenty said: “WILSAR have turned out on hundreds of occasions to help search for missing people. They have assisted on 36 occasions already during 2013 resulting in 20 missing people being found safe and well. Their consistent delivery of skilled searching has led to a level of trust from our own Police Search Advisers (PolSAs) in the quality of work WILSAR do, to the extent that they operate independently on many occasions.

“The level of enthusiasm and commitment shown by members of WILSAR is outstanding and this commitment is illustrated by the fact that five of team’s members are being recognised for having delivered five years of service and a further seven for undertaking more than ten years. It is with great pleasure that I am able to recognise WILSAR’s ongoing commitment to the people of Wiltshire and express our gratitude with this award.”

WILSAR PR officer, Sly Jenkins, commented: “Our volunteers are on call to assist the Police 24/7, 365 days a year, whatever the weather. We pay for all our own equipment and fuel, and expect nothing in return so we’re thrilled to be recognised like this, it’s a huge boost for the team.”

WILSAR have been operating for over 13 years and in 2011 received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

For more information about WILSAR including details of callouts, fundraising and other news, visit www.wilsar.org.uk or contact our Public Relations Officer at pr@wilsar.org.uk

WILSAR Members Rewarded for Loyalty and Dedication

30 October 2013  |  News  |  ,

Wednesday 30th October 2013.

Twelve members of WILSAR have been presented with 10-year and five-year long service awards in return for their dedication and commitment to the team. The awards were presented to individual members by the Wiltshire Police Chief Constable, Mr Geenty, at a special event held in front of members, families and friends.

Ten-year long service awards were presented to Adrian Edwards, Andrea Edwards, Philip Fields, John Galvin, Sam Jago, Adrian Smith and Brian Tiernan. Five-year awards went to Sean Caine, Kevin Duddy, Lawrie Humphries, Niall Jones and Andrew Peaple.

Speaking after the event, WILSAR PR Officer, Sly Jenkins, said: “These members have continually proven to give their time and enthusiasm to serve their community. The awards show our gratitude for their long service and give newer members something to which they can aspire”.

For more information about WILSAR including details of callouts, fundraising and other news, visit www.wilsar.org.uk or contact our Public Relations Officer at pr@wilsar.org.uk

2013-36 Callout Salisbury

24 October 2013  |  Latest callouts  |  , ,

Thursday 24th October 2013.

Called at 23:50 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with search for an 89 year old male with dementia in the Salisbury area. 11 members of WILSAR attended. Search suspended at 04:00 hours whilst Wiltshire Police made further enquiries. 44 hours of combined search completed.

2013-35 Callout Amesbury

24 October 2013  |  Latest callouts  |  , ,

Thursday 24th October 2013.

Called at 11:28 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with the search for a 15 year old despondent female in the Amesbury area. 14 members of WILSAR attended. Female locate safe and well by the police as the team were being deployed. Team stood down at 12:55 hours.

2013-34 Callout Assist Standby Berkshire Newbury

Tuesday 22nd October 2013. Called at 10:42 hours and placed on standby to assist Berkshire Search and Rescue (BSAR) in the search for a 54 year old despondent male in the Newbury area. Three members of WILSAR available to assist when the team was stood down at 11:00 hours. The male had been located by the Police safe and well.

2013-33 Callout Swindon

14 October 2013  |  Latest callouts  |  , ,

Monday 14th October 2013.

Called at 18:05 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with the search for a 54 year old despondent male in the Swindon area. Male located safe and well by the Police in Devizes. 13 members of WILSAR en route when the team were stood down at 19:25 hours.