Being part of a mixed urban and rural Search and Rescue unit means that occasionally we get our hands dirty in a different way….
Cris, our Membership Officer, tells us more:
“After my last search with our Chair, Adrian Sawyer, when on our way back from the search we managed to find a young motorcyclist parked in a hedge (not classified as the missing person – he’d come off his bike), it has always made me think of what could be.
“Little did I know then that on the 16th of March at 11:30pm I would also be engaged in a major rescue operation involving three police cars, two quad bikes and a tractor. On a busy stretch of road (the A360 between West Lavington and Tilshead), a herd of cows had made a break for freedom. I think they were heading for the pub in West Lavington but as it was already last orders and the cows didn’t have either Hi-VIZ or torches, I decided it was best to help them see the errors of their escaping ways.
“As the only Hi-Viz I had in the car was my Wiltshire Search and Rescue one, we can now legitimately say that we’ve assisted a large, bovine rescue operation and the rural crime unit (pretty sure the cows could be done for trespass, breaking and entering, and attempting to take intoxicating liquor while being under age). After some interesting encounters with the beasties over the next couple of hours all the cows were located and back in their barn with a stern telling off from the farmer.”
Wiltshire Search and Rescue – here for vulnerable and missing people, and cows.
We’re holding a new members’ information evening on Wednesday 15th March at Devizes Town Hall between 1930 and 2200. This is an ideal opportunity to hear from operational team members about what it’s like to volunteer for us. All are welcome but please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your place and please read
our Frequently Asked Questions before making a decision!
If you are interested in attending then please arrive in good time so that the presentation can start at 1930. We do require all new volunteers to attend this session. Our training schedule means that we cannot join volunteers unless they attend our new members’ information evening.
We look forward to meeting you on 15th March.