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Join us in January 2016!!!

WILSAR are recruiting again!

As you slowly recover from the Christmas festivities and start thinking about what you’re going to do in 2016 that is worthwhile and rewarding, how about considering volunteering with Wiltshire Search and Rescue?

We’re looking to recruit motivated, committed and outgoing volunteers to become part of our Team. We need operational members to help us provide support to the Emergency Services in the search for missing vulnerable people. This can be anywhere in Wiltshire and occasionally assisting other Lowland Rescue teams in the surrounding counties too. We are also recruiting support team members to assist with other vital roles such as fundraising, maintenance, admin or welfare.

WILSAR Flood TeamAs a new member you will begin Team life as a Search Technician but have the opportunity over time to advance to Team Leader and Search Planner. Other skills can be achieved such as Bank Search, Flood Response, Swift Water Rescue, Bicycle Search, Tracking, Missing Person Behaviour, Navigation Awards and First Aid qualifications.

All of our members are 100% volunteers; limited kit is supplied but personal equipment, fuel and training is self-funded. A level of commitment to callouts, training and fundraising is expected throughout the year. You will however become part of a professional team where you will make good friends, explore the outdoors and get rewarded with the warm feeling that you are helping people in need.

To become operational applicants will be expected to attend regular training sessions over two months, leading up to a weekend residential Search Technician course in March where they will meet and train alongside trainees of other teams from around the UK. You must be over 18 with your own means of transport and be fit enough to walk 5 miles in under 2 hours. Due to the nature of Lowland Search and Rescue you will also be required to complete a Police background check.

A New Members’ Information Evening will be held in Devizes on the evening of 12th January 2016. Anyone who would like to attend to find out more about volunteering with WILSAR and meet some of the Team should send an email to for more details. Please give details about yourself and why you’d like to join WILSAR. Full training will be given so no experience is necessary but please include any relevant skills or experience you have such as previous SAR work, outdoor skills, first aid training, administrative, fundraising or other charity work etc.


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WILSAR Chair’s Xmas Greeting

Dear All

“‘Tis the season to be jolly” and all that… When so many of us look forward to time with the family, maybe parties or perhaps you could be working, it is also a time to remember that for various and sometimes very sad reasons, people go missing. It is also then that we remind ourselves about why we signed up and trained in the first place to be a member of a Search and Rescue Team and then act on it.

WILSAR has had a very busy year approaching 60 call outs and I would like to thank all of our volunteers for your time and commitment to the Team. Everyone in the team, the missing person and the Police depend on our help so please continue to respond to callouts and consider your availability. I extend that gratitude and season’s greetings to Wiltshire Police, all the other Lowland Rescue Teams, our supporters, fundraisers, donors, all the other services we’ve worked with and all the families and loved ones of the missing people that we’ve assisted.

Have a happy and peaceful Christmas and all the very best for a great New Year ahead.

Kind regards and take care,

Gail Leaman

Chair – Wiltshire Search and Rescue

2015-38 Callout Calne

Tuesday 1st September 2015

Called out at 22:00 to assist Wiltshire Police in the search for a despondent male in Calne.

Team stood down at 22:40 as MisPer returned home.


WILSAR are recruiting!

Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR) are recruiting! Do you know someone who has the passion, time and energy to be part of a busy Search and Rescue team? WILSAR are looking for potential new trainee members, and are holding an open evening in Devizes on the 15th of July. Here you will meet some of the team and gain an insight into what we do and what we expect from our volunteers. We will be looking to take on and train 6-10 new volunteers beginning almost straight away.

For more information, venue and times, please email with a little bit about yourself and why you’re interested in volunteering with WILSAR.


Wiltshire Search and Rescue needs you!

Wiltshire Search and Rescue needs you!

Volunteers’ Week 1st – 7th June 2015

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.

WILSAR fitness training - 3 June 2015

WILSAR fitness training - 3 June 2015

WILSAR fitness training - 3 June 2015

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.

UKLSI night search training

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.

Fundraising at Calne Sainsbury's - 6 June 2015   Fundraising at Calne Sainsbury's - 6 June 2015  Amesbury Show & Carnival - 6 June 2015  Amesbury Show & Carnival - 6 June 2015  Amesbury Show & Carnival - 6 June 2015

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!

Shoppers’ Generosity at Sainsbury’s in Calne

16 August 2014  |  News  |  , ,

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2014. A big WILSAR thank you to the generous shoppers of Sainsbury’s in Calne for their kind donations totalling £641. We rely on public donations such as this to keep the team running effectively and at a high state of readiness. Thank you also to Sainsbury’s for use of their store foyer.

Our volunteers enjoy talking with the public and happily give their time to make fundraising events possible, as well as being available for training and callouts. A big thank you to them too.

For more information about WILSAR, including details of our callouts, fundraising and other news, visit our Website, Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter or e-mail our PR Officer.

Thank You Sainsbury’s Calne

3 August 2013  |  News  |  , ,

Saturday 3rd August 2013. Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR) would like to say a big thank you to Sainsbury’s in Calne for the use of their store frontage to hold Saturday’s fundraising bucket collection. A big thank you also goes to Calne shoppers, residents and visitors alike, who kindly and very generously donated £438 towards our fundraising.

As a registered charity, WILSAR relies on its own fundraising, together with donations and sponsorship from the public and companies. For more information, including details of our callouts, visit our website at or contact our Public Relations Officer at