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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

2015-41 Callout Royal Wootton Bassett

Saturday 3rd October 2015

WILSAR were called out at 22:30 to assist Wiltshire Police in the search for a missing child in Royal Wootton Bassett.

MisPer was found safe and well. Team stood down at 01:00.

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!

2015-10 Callout Royal Wootton Bassett

Friday 13th March 2015. Called at 16:00 to search for a despondent male in Royal Wootton Bassett. Male returned home while team en route.

2013-38 Callout Royal Wootton Bassett (Continued)

Sunday 3rd November 2013. Called at 09:20 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with the continued search for a despondent 48-year old female missing from the Royal Wootton Bassett area. Fourteen members of WILSAR, three members of Oxfordshire Search and Rescue (OXSAR) and the Avon and Somerset Police Air Support Unit assisted. The team was stood down at 17:20 hours. The female was subsequently located by the police later in the evening safe and well in the Penzance area. 200 hours of combined search completed.

2013-37 Callout Royal Wootton Bassett

Saturday 2nd November 2013.

Called at 20:40 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with the search for a 48-year old female despondent in the Royal Wootton Bassett area. Fifteen members of WILSAR attended. The search was suspended at 05:00 hours whilst the Police make further enquiries. 121 hours of combined search completed.

2013-32 Callout Royal Wootton Bassett

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Tuesday 8th September 2013.

Called at 15:20 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with the search for a 73 year old male with dementia in the Royal Wootton Bassett area. 16 members of WILSAR attended along with many police officers. Male located shortly afterwards in the Cherhill area, near Calne, and taken to hospital. Team stood down at 17:20 hours with 32 hours of combined search completed.