25th April 2014. Thanks go to ALSAR/Lowland Rescue and TomTom for providing Wiltshire Search and Resuce with a number of vehicle satelitte navigation unit.
For further details about this kind donation see ALSAR/Lowland Rescue’s news article.
22nd April 2014. Big thanks from WILSAR to Andy Sambidge who recently ran the Bath Half Marathon to successfully raise £450 for our charity.
Andy was inspired to raise funds for WILSAR after our involvement in the search for Tom Edwards last year. He’s a friend of Tom’s brother, Will, whose team have also been doing some extraordinary fund-raising for us in Tom’s memory.
We really are grateful for all your efforts – thank you!
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Saturday 19th April 2014. Called at 0030 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with the search for a 77-year old male in the Swindon area. WILSAR assisted by other lowland search and rescue teams Oxfordshire Search and Rescue (OXSAR), Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR) and Dorset Search Dogs. Male located safe and well by the team and the search was stood down at 0725 hours.
Tuesday 15th April 2014. Called at 1330 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with the search for a family missing from home in the Chippenham area. WILSAR assisted by Oxfordshire Search and Rescue (OXSAR). Teams stood down at 2300 hours. Missing persons were located shortly after by Police safe and well.
Tuesday 15th April 2014. Called at 0045 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with the search for a despondent 33-year old male in the Coate Water area of Swindon. Male located shortly after safe and well by the police at 0105 hours and the team were stood down.
Sunday 13th April 2014. Called at 0700 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with the search for a 79-year old male with dementia in the Salisbury area. Male located safe and well by police officers as WILSAR were en route. Team stood down at 0800 hours.
Saturday 12th April 2014. An excellent set of photos on the front page and inside today’s West Country Life magazine with detailed article by Clare Green. We invited Clare, a photographer for the Western Daily Press, to come along to one of our recent exercises. See the article here.
Wednesday 9th April 2014. Called at 2030 hours to assist Oxfordshire Search and Rescue (OXSAR) with the search for a 72-year old male with dementia in the Oxford area. Male located safe and well. WILSAR team stood down at 2150 hours.
6th April 2014. Our Flood Response Team had a great day training in the River Avon at Figheldean today. We also had three Wiltshire Police POLSAs in attendance to demonstrate our capabilities to them.
Our volunteers rehearsed defensive swimming, aggressive swimming, negotiating strainers, entrapment rescue, basic rope-work, wading techniques and water search. This doubled as their annual refresher training to retain the DEFRA Module 2 certification.
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2nd April 2014. Our recent training evening hosted a visit by speakers from the Samaritans charity. Our guests explained that people can talk with the Samaritans any time they like, in their own way, and off the record about whatever is getting to them. We found out more about the organisation and discussed what a despondent person might be going through and how best to approach and support them. WILSAR is often tasked to search for despondent missing persons and we thank the Samaritans for providing a very interesting and valuable training evening.
Samaritans is a registered charity supporting anyone in distress, around the clock, through 200 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. They are actively involved in local communities, reaching out and working with schools, colleges and universities, workplaces, health and welfare services, homeless shelters, prisons and other charities, and promoting awareness of their service at local social venues, community events and music festivals. For more information about the Samaritans visit www.samaritans.org