Posts Tagged ‘Devizes’

2016-25 Callout Devizes

Tuesday 26th July 2016

Called out by Wiltshire Police at 19:50 to search for a depsondent missing male in Devizes.

Injured man located in woodland by WILSAR foot team and handed over to Ambulance Service. Team stood down at 23:15.

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 membership@wilsar.org.uk 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.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!

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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

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 membership@wilsar.org.uk with a little bit about yourself and why you’re interested in volunteering with WILSAR.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU…

Wiltshire Search and Rescue needs you!

Wiltshire Search and Rescue needs you!

WILSAR train with the Wiltshire Air Ambulance

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This weekend Wiltshire Search and Rescue took part in joint training with Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  The two charities are based alongside each other in Devizes and have had a good working relationship over a number of years.

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The training scenario gave an opportunity to practice working together to extract a casualty, using WILSAR’s specialist stretcher and packaging equipment.  It also gave Critical Care Paramedic, Matt a chance to demonstrate some of the features of the new helicopter and to train our volunteers how to safely approach and operate around the aircraft.  Many thanks to the very busy Air Ambulance team for finding the time in between call-outs!”

http://www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk/

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WILSAR train Wiltshire Police Officers in Water Awareness

Today Wiltshire Search and Rescue’s Water Lead, John Needham, will be delivering Water Awareness and Bank Search training to specialist search officers from Wiltshire Police. The officers will be taught to recognise the dangers to them and the public around the county’s waterways. They’ll also learn how to safely use their search skills around water, the correct protective equipment to wear and how to rescue people from the water using the Talk, Reach, Throw principle. The session ends with a practical exercise where the officers have to show how to correctly use a rescue throw-bag.

 

This will be the third of three sessions over the last few weeks and helps to keep the strong relationship WILSAR have with Wiltshire Police. They have recently supported the WILSAR Team by delivering talks and training in conflict management, first aid, crime scene awareness and allow us to use their premises at Wiltshire Police Headquarters in Devizes for training and meetings. It’s great to give something back to the Force.

Police crest.png Senior Police Search Advisor (POLSA) Sergeant Max Whyte said “Wiltshire Search and Rescue are an important partner for Wiltshire Police and provide search and rescue support to missing person investigations dozens of times each year.  WILSAR also have the capability to deliver more specialised skills to searches and our own search teams have been pleased to receive the really high quality training that John has delivered to us on behalf of WILSAR which has expanded our own operating parameters”

WILSAR Appeal for Storage in the Devizes Area

6 March 2015  |  News  |  , , ,

Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR) are highly trained in searching for missing vulnerable people. What we can’t find though is somewhere to store some of our kit! Can you help?

We’re looking for somewhere in Devizes or within 5 miles, that is clean, dry and secure, providing about 40 square feet of space. We’re happy for it to be on either commercial or private property. Most of the kit stored would be promotional and training equipment so access requirements would be convenient to you.

Additionally we’re looking for somewhere to dry kit after a callout or training, for example our flood response suits. All our protective kit is valuable to us so we are trying to look after it as best we can so that it can do the same for us. Perhaps you could help with storage or a drying area, or better still, both?!

All WILSAR members are unpaid volunteers and the team receives no statutory funding so we rely entirely on fundraising and public donation. With this in mind, keeping the cost of storage down is important to us.

Dare we ask that you might even offer it for free?! We can offer publicity in return. If you think you may be able to help, please contact ‘Sly’ via pr@wilsar.org.uk who will be very pleased to hear from you.

WILSAR Management Committee Appointments

27 March 2013  |  News  |  ,

27 March 2013. Following this year’s WILSAR AGM held in Devizes on 27 March 2013, we are pleased to announce the following management committee appointments.

Chairperson Gail Leaman
Secretary Nic Reed
Treasurer Lawrie Humphries
ALSAR/SWERA Representative Ray Walters
Communications Officer Mike Childs
Equipment Officer Phil Fields
Fundraising Officer Sylvia Biggin
Membership Officer Neil Parsons-Hann
Public Relations Officer Geraint Jenkins
Training Officer Adrian ‘Smithy’ Smith
Vehicles Officer Andy Peaple

To contact WILSAR, please see the Contact page.

2013-03 Callout Devizes

17 January 2013  |  Latest callouts  |  ,

Thursday 17th January 2013.

Called out at 0955 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with the search for a missing 57 year old female in the Devizes area. Female missing since yesterday evening was located safe and well through police inquiries. Nine members of WILSAR en route when team stood down at 1015 hours.

2013-02 Callout Devizes

11 January 2013  |  Latest callouts  |  , , ,

Friday 11th January 2013.

Called at 1950 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with the search for a missing 23 year old female in the Devizes area. Female located safe and well between Potterne and West Lavington by a member of the public at 2100 hours. 20 WILSAR members attended supported by Oxfordshire Search and Rescue (OXSAR), who were on route to assist. 20 person-hours of search completed.