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Wiltshire Search and Rescue team so grateful for new Incident Support Unit vehicle – but it needs a name!

Thanks to the generosity of SSEN (Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks) and Wiltshire Community Foundation, the volunteers from Wiltshire Search and Rescue have been able to buy and equip a new Incident Support Vehicle. The vehicle – which will act as the vital control room during searches for vulnerable and missing people – now needs a name and the team is asking the public to help.


SSEN awarded £10,000 from its Resilient Communities Fund towards the new vehicle and Wiltshire Community Foundation donated a further £3,000 made up of money from the High Sheriff of Wiltshire’s endowment fund and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Grant Fund.


Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire and Swindon’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Wiltshire Search and Rescue volunteers are invaluable to Wiltshire Police, and to the residents of this county, so I am delighted to have supported them with this financial contribution.


“The Wiltshire Search and Rescue team has been called upon numerous times to bolster the efforts of our own officers when vulnerable, and missing people, need them the most. We are grateful for their dedication and expertise, especially when they are often mobilising at short notice.


“The members are all volunteers and I would like to thank each and every one of them for giving up their time to help others.”



Gareth Shields, Community Investment Manager for SSEN, said: “Despite receiving many very good applications, our panel recognised the vital work that Wiltshire Search and Rescue does and decided to make an award. We are pleased to be able to support the team and organisations like them through our Resilient Communities Fund.”


Adrian Edwards, chair of Wiltshire Search and Rescue, said this about the new purchase: “This Incident Support Unit vehicle will transform our search capability and allow us to work smarter and be more efficient. At the moment we have one van that we keep all our equipment so there is hardly room to turn around in it. Having a second vehicle van will allow us to use it as an operations centre and also for team welfare. It will make so much difference and we are very grateful to everyone who has helped us to purchase it. Thank you for your ongoing support of our team and our work.”


The vehicle needs a name and members of the public are invited to submit their suggestions via Facebook (@wilsarteam), Twitter (@WiltshireSAR) or email to before 30th October 2018. The winning name will be chosen by a panel made up of representatives from Wiltshire Search and Rescue, Wiltshire Police, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Western Ambulance Service, along with members of the local community, and will be displayed on the vehicle forever!


Wiltshire Search and Rescue team members are professionally trained volunteers. The team is called out by Wiltshire Police to search for missing and vulnerable people such as people with dementia or people in mental health crisis. In 2018 the team has been called out over 50 times, being directly responsible for saving lives. The team’s new Incident Support Unit vehicle will be located at Wiltshire Police’s HQ in Devizes, ready to be deployed, along with the volunteers 24 hours a day seven days a week. Wiltshire Search and Rescue is a charity, relying solely on fundraised income for running costs and major purchases such as this vehicle. The team receives no statutory or government income and all donations of money or equipment are gratefully received.



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Notes to editors


About Wiltshire Search and Rescue

Wiltshire Search and Rescue is a non-profit making organisation and all of our members are unpaid volunteers, making no charge for our services.


The team consists of approximately 50 members. All operational members are trained to the Lowland Rescue standards, the UK’s governing body. We have a number of Lowland Rescue 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 once Wiltshire Police has asked for our support. Searches are usually managed on the ground by our own Search Managers who act under the direction of a Police Search Advisor.


About SSEN


  • Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), operating as Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) and Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) under licence, is responsible for operating and maintaining the electricity distribution networks supplying over 3.8 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the central belt of Scotland, the Mull of Kintyre and the Scottish islands.
  • Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is the trading name of Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Limited, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc and Southern Electric Power Distribution plc.

Wessex Model Toy Collectors’ Charity Night

2 December 2015  |  News  |  , , , , ,

Tuesday 1st December 2015

Three WILSAR volunteers attended the Wessex Model Toy Collecters’ annual charity night at The Kings Arms in Melksham. The club, co-founded by WILSAR’s own Kendo White, has been running for over 30 years and nominated WILSAR as one of their charities for this year.

The evening included a buffet, quiz and a charity auction in which WILSAR’s Mark and Charlie both beat fierce competition to win model cars and books! The evening’s takings will be added to monies raised throughout the year and a cheque presentation is planned for early 2016. Thank you WMTC!!!

Wessex Model Toy Collectors' charity evening

Wessex Model Toy Collectors' charity evening

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.

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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!

Honda donation “Generates” new kit for WILSAR!

11 March 2015  |  News  |  , , , ,

Every three months, Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM) in Swindon holds an internal charity poll. The employees suggest the charities and from these suggestions, three are chosen for the poll.  Employees will then  vote for their favourite.

Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR) were put forward by an employee and voted for as a deserving cause. Also voted for this time was the very worthy Parkinson’s UK charity. Several of our current and former volunteers have been employed at the Honda plant, so this only strengthens WILSAR’s bond with the company.EU20i

The donation of £500 couldn’t have come at a better time for WILSAR as we were about to replace an unserviceable generator (with a Honda one obviously!) Honda’s EU series of generators are very quiet running which is important for when we set up RV in residential areas, especially at unsociable hours! The generator will be used to charge our batteries for lighting and radios and to power the  search planning equipment in our control van.

WILSAR receives no statutory funding and rely entirely on public donation and Team fundraising so we are ever so grateful to Honda for their kind donation.

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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 who will be very pleased to hear from you.

TomTom Lead the Way

25 April 2014  |  News  |  ,

25th April 2014. Thanks go to ALSAR/Lowland Rescue and TomTom for providing Wiltshire Search and Resuce with a number of vehicle satelitte navigation unit.

For further details about this kind donation see ALSAR/Lowland Rescue’s news article.

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 contact our Public Relations Officer.

Halfords Sat Nav Support

5 July 2013  |  News  |  , ,

Friday 5th July 2013. WILSAR would like to thank Halfords store in Trowbridge for giving us a generous discount off the cost of a replacement sat nav unit for our control van. Vehicles Officer Andy Peaple said “We receive around 50 calls per year for which our control vehicle travels approximately 2,500 miles. We are grateful to Halfords for their support.”

For more information about WILSAR, including details of our callouts, visit our website at or contact our Public Relations Officer at

Royal Air Force donates to WILSAR

12 June 2013  |  News  |  , , ,

12th June 2013. Royal Air Force Brize Norton’s Charities Committee have kindly awarded £400 to WILSAR. The committee were impressed to learn of WILSAR’s commitment to the community, in particular our recent training in Water Search and Flood Response. They agreed to fund the cost of eight specialist Scorpion helmets with mounted Minilux torches to help the team develop in this area.