Tuesday 30th June 2015
Called out at 17:45 to assist Wiltshire Police in the search for a despondent male in the Coate Water area.
MisPer located and taken to hospital. Team stood down at 19:00.
Wednesday 24 June 2015
Called out by Wiltshire Police at 21:15 to search for a male with dementia in Swindon.
Team stood down while setting up RV at 22:15 as MisPer was located in Wroughton.
Thursday 18th June 2015
Called out by Wiltshire Police at 11:10 to search for a despondent male in the Tidworth area.
MisPer located by police during Team deployment. Stood down at 11:50
Monday 15th June 2015
Called out by Wiltshire Police at 22:00 to assist in the search for a missing despondent male in North Swindon.
MisPer located by police during Team briefing. Stood down at 23:40.
Friday 12th June 2015
Flood Team put on standby to assist OXSAR who were also on standby to support Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue. Potential flooding was predicted over the weekend due to forecasts of heavy rainfall in Oxfordshire.
Team stood down on Sunday 14th with no flood occurrence.
Over a dozen of WILSAR’s already busy volunteers have carried out extra training to become Level 2 Flood Responders. Extra training throughout the year keeps their authorisation current and their skills honed. The Flood Team are on call 24/7, in addition to their normal WILSAR duties and can be called upon to assist anywhere nationally, representing WILSAR in the event of flooding.
A week in the life of WILSAR’s volunteers…
Wednesday – Team training, fitness check, 5 Mile walk in under 2 hours.
Searchers need to be fit enough to cope with the physical and mental pressure placed upon them during live searches.
Thursday – Callout in Wroughton, MisPer found by Police prior to Team deployment.
This happens often but the Team treat every search as an emergency so kit will have been prepared and boots will have been donned!
Friday to Sunday – Several members passing on their skills, teaching at UKLSI in Worcestershire.
Many of our volunteers have years’ worth of experience and are only too happy to pass it on by teaching within the Team or through the United Kingdom Lowland Search Institute. This weekend’s courses included Lowland Search Technician, Lowland Team Leader and Tracking.
Saturday – Double booked! 5 volunteers displaying our control van and equipment at the Amesbury Show and 5 volunteers fundraising outside Sainsbury’s in Calne.
Community events are a brilliant way to engage with the public and get our name known and ‘Tin Rattles’ as we call them are an essential part of funding the Team’s running costs. Thanks to Amesbury’s junior paddlers who donated £20 as a thankyou for playing in our kayaks. Thanks also to generous shoppers in Calne who donated nearly £400 to WILSAR after talking to our volunteers outside Sainsbury’s.
Although it was National Volunteers’ Week, this wasn’t an unusual one for us. Training, fundraising, community events are all just as much a part of being a WILSAR volunteer as the callouts and searching. We couldn’t do one without the other so please like, share and follow us and if you’d like to thank us for the good work we do then an on-line donation is always very welcome!
Thursday 4th June 2015
Called at 06:20 by Wiltshire Police to search for a vulnerable male in the Wroughton area.
Police located MisPer prior to Team activation.