New members’ information evening 19th October 2016

7 October 2016  |  News, Training & Events

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We need you!

We are holding a new members’ information evening in Devizes on Wednesday 19th October for anyone interested in signing up to be a volunteer with the organisation. Starting from 19:30, the evening will give you the opportunity to hear from existing team members about what they do, what they love about their volunteer role and how they help some of the most vulnerable people in the county.

No experience is necessary and all that is asked of our volunteers is that they’re committed, motivated and passionate about helping.

During the information evening, you’ll have the opportunity to speak to a number of volunteers and work out where your skills and interests would be best suited. We’re looking for operational volunteers – people to be trained up as Search Technicians – and, just as importantly, volunteers to help with other tasks such as administration or fundraising. There are no age limits to volunteering so come and find out more.

If can’t attend but you’d like a chat with someone at the organisation, then please do drop our Membership Officer, Cris, an email and he can tell you more about what volunteering as a member entails: membership@wilsar.org.uk

Details of the information evening

Wednesday 19th October from 19:30

The Wessex Room, The Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1HS

 

2016-34 Callout Marlborough continuation

Sunday 25th September 2016

Yesterday’s search for a despondent male resumed at 10:00 in the Savernake area.

Missing man found safe and well by Police. Team stood down at 12:00.

Thanks to Berkshire Search Dogs and Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue for their assistance on this search.

2016-33 Callout Marlborough

Saturday 24th September 2016

Called out at 20:15 by Wiltshire Police to search in Marlborough for a missing despondent male.

Search suspended at 01:45 pending further Police enquiries.

New Chairman elected

18 September 2016  |  News

Adrian Sawyer in  a previous interview for BBC Wiltshire.Wiltshire Search and Rescue are pleased to announce that Adrian Sawyer has been elected as our new Chair. Adrian has been involved with Search and Rescue for over 5 years and has previously held the roles of Membership Officer and Medical Lead. He hopes to bring his experience working for the Ambulance Service and volunteering for other charities to the challenging role.

“I’m pleased to be given the opportunity to build on the work of my two predecessors. The Team has developed a huge amount in the last 4 years and I’m keen to see that we continue to build on our already strong relationship with our colleagues in the Police, Fire & Rescue and Ambulance Services. This is shaping up to be a difficult decade for emergency responders; all of the blue light services are being asked to do more with less. UK Search and Rescue teams have an increasingly important role to play.

“I intend to see Wiltshire leading the way in the areas we’re already strong in and develop further using the knowledge and experiences of our sister teams throughout the country. It’s an exciting time to be in WILSAR; in the next year we’re planning to increase our fleet of vehicles with a 4×4 capability, host national training events, and of course maintain a 24/7 capability to respond to calls for assistance.

“We’re going to be recruiting again in the next couple of months, so if you have the time, energy, and commitment to join a very special team of people, we’d love to hear from you via our website or Facebook page.”

2016-32 Callout Salisbury

Sunday 28th August 2016

Called out by Wiltshire Police at 14:05 regarding a missing teenager in Salisbury.

Missing girl found safe and well by Police at a nearby address. Team stood down at 16:15.

 

2016-31 Callout Salisbury

Friday 26th August 2016

Called by Wiltshire Police at 16:20 concerning an elderly Salisbury man with dementia.

Male located by Police in a garden several miles from home prior to Team deployment.

 

2016-30 Callout Swindon

Thursday 25 August 2016

Called out at 20:45 to search for an elderly man with dementia in the Freshbrook area of Swindon.

Man Located by Police in Aldershot. Team stood down at 01:40.

2016-29 Callout Warminster

Saturday 13th August 2016

Called out at 09:05 by Wiltshire Police to search for an elderly lady with dementia.

Lady located safe and well and Team stood down at 16:00.

Good attendance despite WILSAR resources being split due to a fundraising commitment elsewhere in Wiltshire.

2016-28 Callout Amesbury

Friday 12th August 2016

Team called out by Wiltshire Police at 12:50 to search for a teen with mental health problems.

Missing girl was located while talking to Police by telephone. Team stood down at 13:35.

2016-27 Callout Chippenham

Saturday 6th August 2016

Called out by Wiltshire Police at 20:35 to search for missing despondent male in Chippenham.

Missing man located safe by WILSAR foot team. Stood down at 02:25