Lowland Search and Rescue teams exist to search for vulnerable missing persons and items such as evidence in a criminal case. Searches can be conducted in urban or rural areas and are always initiated by the Wiltshire Police.

WILSAR primarily covers the County of Wiltshire, but we also regularly assist neighbouring teams in Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Berkshire and will assist ANY search organisation or emergency service requesting help if at all possible. We also have a number of specialist trained Flood Responders who are registered with DEFRA to be called upon nationally to assist in the event of flooding.

We are a non-profit making organisation and rely on our own fundraising, along with donations and sponsorship from the public and companies.

The Team consists of approximately 50 members. All operational members are trained to the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue (ALSAR) standards. We have a number of ALSAR trained Team Leaders, Search Planners and Search Managers. One of these members is on duty at all times and will arrange the call-out of the Team via an SMS system. Searches are usually managed on the ground by our own Search Managers who act under the direction of a Police Search Advisor (POLSA.)

We are a non-profit making organisation and rely on our own fundraising along with donations and sponsorship from the public and companies. We receive no government funding or subsidies and are a registered charity. All of our members are unpaid volunteers and we make no charge for our services.

The Team has its own control vehicle, radio communications equipment and other specialist search equipment. We train most weeks and hold frequent exercises. This ensures a high state of readiness, competence and professionalism.

Important achievements include receiving the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2011 and Wiltshire Police’s Chief Constable’s Certificate of Appreciation in 2013.

 

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