Posts Tagged ‘Trowbridge’

2016-49 Callout Trowbridge

Tuesday 27th December 2016

Team called out at 21:20 to assist Wiltshire Police in the search for a missing man with a mental health condition in the Trowbridge area.

Missing man was located safe but cold by Police and Team stood down at 00:15.

2016-48 Callout Trowbridge

Saturday 17th December 2016

Team placed on standby at 15:40 by Wiltshire Police to search for a missing 20 year old man in Trowbridge. Police located the man prior to Team deployment at 15:55.

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

2015-54-56 Callout Trowbridge continued

2015-56   Saturday 12th December 2015

Search resumed at 09:30. Sadly the missing lady’s body was found. WILSAR’s thoughts go out to her family and friends.


2015-55   Thursday 10th December2015

Continuation of Tuesday 8th’s search. Search resumed at 10:00 and suspended at 15:30 pending further Police enquiries.


2015-54   Wednesday 9th December 2015

Continuation of yesterday’s search for a missing vulnerable female in Trowbridge.

Team called to resume search at 10:00, search suspended at 17:00 pending further Police enquiries.

2015-53 Callout Trowbridge

Tuesday 8th December 2015

Called out at 19:30 by Wiltshire Police to search for a missing vulnerable female in the Staverton area of Trowbridge.

Search suspended pending further Police enquiries and Team stood down at 00:30.

2015-52 Callout Trowbridge

Saturday 21st November 2015

Team placed on standby by Wiltshire Police at 18:00 to search for a missing despondent male.

Team activated and deployed at 19:10.

The missing male was located and the Team stood down at 00:20.

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!

2013-31 Callout Trowbridge (Continued)

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Saturday 7th September 2013.

At 10:00 hours the continuation of search for a despondent 32 year old male in the Trowbridge area. 15 members of WILSAR, 7 police officers and two search dogs with handlers from Dorset Search Dogs attended. Foot, kayak and dog teams deployed. Male located by search dog Oscar and handler Steve. Team stood down at 15:30 hours with 100 hours of combined search completed.

2013-30 Callout Staverton

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Monday 2nd September 2013.

Called at 12:30 hours to assist Wiltshire Police with the search for a despondent 32 year old male in the Staverton area near Trowbridge. 22 members of WILSAR attended along with police community support officers, police officers and a police dog with handler. Foot search teams and bank search teams deployed. Search suspended at 21:45 hours as police made further enquiries. 105 hours of combined searcher hours completed.