Archive for March, 2015

WILSAR take part in Community First Responder study day

22 March 2015  |  News

Four members of WILSAR today attended South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust’s study day for Community First Responders (CFR) at Dauntsey’s School in West Lavington.

Air Ambulance, WILSAR's new toy

The CFRs received talks on defibrilation, pre-hospital emegency medicine, sudden cardiac arrest and water awareness training delivered by our own Water Lead, John Needham. The Wiltshire Air Ambulance also paid a visit and were planned to do a talk but had to leave a few minutes after landing for a call-out. Still time for a quick WILSAR photo though!

John Needham teaching Water Awareness to CFRs

The highlight of the day though was surely the last session on the playing field where the CFRs tried their hand at some throw line practise!

WILSAR throwline demonstrationCFRs practise throw lines

All in all a very interesting day and some great interaction between these two voluntary bodies on what will hopefully become a regular event. Excellent hosting and catering by Dauntsey’s School too.

New Management Committee announced at AGM.

19 March 2015  |  News

WILSAR held their Annual General Meeting last night, 18 March 2015, at Wiltshire Police HQ in Devizes.  The following volunteers were elected to form this year’s Management Committee:

  • Gail Leaman (Chair)
  • Adrian Edwards (Secretary)
  • Bradley Hill (Treasurer)
  • Geraint Jenkins (PR/Media)
  • Adrian Sawyer (Membership)
  • Paul Biggin (Equipment)
  • Sandra Penfold (Vehicles)
  • Steve Crosby (ALSAR/SWERA Rep)
  • John Needham (Water Lead)

Thank you to all for your service, whether leaving, remaining or joining the committee.

Welcome to new members!

16 March 2015  |  News  |  ,

Following on from our new members’ recruitment period in January we are pleased to announce that we have eight newly qualified searchers on the team. The new volunteers have undergone several evenings of training over the last five weeks to prepare them for their Search Technician course run by UKLSI at Oxenwood this weekend.

A huge ‘Well Done’ to Liz, Tim, Steve, Bradley, Kevin, Ken, Paul and James who are all now ‘on call’ having displayed the necessary skills to be signed up as fully qualified Search Technicians.

All of WILSAR welcome you to the Team and look forward to working with you for years to come.

2015-10 Callout Royal Wootton Bassett

Friday 13th March 2015. Called at 16:00 to search for a despondent male in Royal Wootton Bassett. Male returned home while team en route.

Honda donation “Generates” new kit for WILSAR!

11 March 2015  |  News  |  , , , ,

Every three months, Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM) in Swindon holds an internal charity poll. The employees suggest the charities and from these suggestions, three are chosen for the poll.  Employees will then  vote for their favourite.

Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR) were put forward by an employee and voted for as a deserving cause. Also voted for this time was the very worthy Parkinson’s UK charity. Several of our current and former volunteers have been employed at the Honda plant, so this only strengthens WILSAR’s bond with the company.EU20i

The donation of £500 couldn’t have come at a better time for WILSAR as we were about to replace an unserviceable generator (with a Honda one obviously!) Honda’s EU series of generators are very quiet running which is important for when we set up RV in residential areas, especially at unsociable hours! The generator will be used to charge our batteries for lighting and radios and to power the  search planning equipment in our control van.

WILSAR receives no statutory funding and rely entirely on public donation and Team fundraising so we are ever so grateful to Honda for their kind donation.

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WILSAR Appeal for Storage in the Devizes Area

6 March 2015  |  News  |  , , ,

Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR) are highly trained in searching for missing vulnerable people. What we can’t find though is somewhere to store some of our kit! Can you help?

We’re looking for somewhere in Devizes or within 5 miles, that is clean, dry and secure, providing about 40 square feet of space. We’re happy for it to be on either commercial or private property. Most of the kit stored would be promotional and training equipment so access requirements would be convenient to you.

Additionally we’re looking for somewhere to dry kit after a callout or training, for example our flood response suits. All our protective kit is valuable to us so we are trying to look after it as best we can so that it can do the same for us. Perhaps you could help with storage or a drying area, or better still, both?!

All WILSAR members are unpaid volunteers and the team receives no statutory funding so we rely entirely on fundraising and public donation. With this in mind, keeping the cost of storage down is important to us.

Dare we ask that you might even offer it for free?! We can offer publicity in return. If you think you may be able to help, please contact ‘Sly’ via who will be very pleased to hear from you.