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3 August 2017  |  News, Training & Events
Wiltshire Search and Rescue red jacket

Wiltshire Search and Rescue Operational team on a search exercise

If you’d like to become part of the team then please come and meet us!

We’re holding a new members’ information evening on 27th September at the Cheese Hall in Devizes between 1930 and 2130.

Read up about joining and then email membership@wilsar.org.uk to register your interest.

Full press release below

Could we be looking for you?

Wiltshire Search and Rescue needs volunteers!

Vital search and rescue volunteers are needed by Wiltshire Search and Rescue (www.wilsar.org.uk) to continue the important work of supporting the police in looking for and helping the county’s vulnerable and missing people.  More volunteers are needed to ensure the team can continue to provide a high level of assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week so an information evening has been organised for Wednesday 27th September in Devizes for interested people to come and learn more.

A recent search for an elderly man with dementia took place over three days and we were successful in finding him and ensuring he was taken to a place of safety. After the search his wife had this to say about Wiltshire Search and Rescue, “Knowing that you were out looking for him gave me the strength to carry on. I am so grateful to you all for what you did and I feel like this is my lucky day.”

Wiltshire Search and Rescue’s members, who range from teachers to delivery drivers, are all volunteers who receive the essential training needed to help save the lives of anyone from small children to elderly people suffering from dementia.

Established since 2000, the organisation is holding an information evening at the Cheese Hall in Devizes. Starting at 1930 on 27th September, the event aims to showcase the great work that the search and rescue team does every year, and will allow potential volunteers to get a taste of the scale and variety of the organisation.

Chair of Wiltshire Search and Rescue, Adrian Sawyer, encourages everyone with an interest in helping the team to come along and learn more. “You don’t need to commit many hours a month but our volunteers make a huge difference to the families of the missing people. Our work, alongside Wiltshire Police, been commended by the families of the people that we support and we do it because we really can make a difference. In an average year, we’ll be called out about 50 times, giving over 10,000 hours of our time to help the people of Wiltshire.”

In 2016 Wiltshire Search and Rescue volunteers were called out 43 times by Wiltshire Police to help locate vulnerable and missing people, including saving the lives of two people they found. The volunteers were also asked a further eight times to assist with neighbouring Search and Rescue teams, bringing the total number of call-outs to 51, almost one a week, throughout 2016.

In recognition of the hours of searching that Wiltshire Search and Rescue’s team has given for free to their local community, Inspector Paul Saunders from Wiltshire Police, had this to say in thanks, “When you speak to a Wiltshire Search and Rescue volunteer their pride in what they do and their dedication to their craft is tangible. Their willingness to be on call, at all hours of the day, for no reward other than knowing they have been directly involved in saving lives does them credit.  Wiltshire Police is very pleased to be associated with them and look forward to continuing the close working relationship that exists between us.”

Membership Officer, Cris Wiles, adds, “When we get the call from the police, it is vital that searchers are on the ground quickly, especially when bad weather makes the risk to the missing person even greater. If you are looking for a truly rewarding volunteering opportunity, and want to help save lives, then we’d love you to come to our event in Devizes. You’ll get a chance to hear from the team about our roles – everything from searching in water to dealing with a medical emergency – and work out where your skills and experience could fit.”

There are several roles within Wiltshire Search and Rescue but what is most important is that volunteers are motivated, committed and outgoing. Full training will be given so no experience is necessary. Roles range from Search Technicians who will take part in the search and rescue operations, through to supporting team members such as fundraisers, administration and maintenance.

Every volunteer will receive the appropriate kit and be welcomed to a professional team where you can make good friends, explore the outdoors and be rewarded with the satisfaction of supporting your county and making a vital difference to the most vulnerable members of our community.

 

ENDS

 

Notes to editors

Wiltshire Search and Rescue’s new members’ information evening

Wednesday 27th September

1930-2200

Cheese Hall

Town Hall

St John’s Street

Devizes

Wiltshire

SN10 1BN

 

If people are interested in attending they should email membership@wilsar.org.uk

 


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