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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.

Cheer for Good

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Wiltshire Search and Rescue is delighted to be chosen as one of 210 charities around the UK as part of Starbucks Cheer for Good campaign!

We’re going to receive £500 of much needed donated money as a result which we’re really thrilled about. We receive no statutory funding and all our team members are volunteers. We do everything ourselves from fundraising outside supermarkets to applying for local grants, so it’s fantastic to have been chosen.

However, we could turn that £500 into £2,500 with your help! It couldn’t be simpler. The 30 charities out of the 210 who make the most noise on Neighbourly and on Twitter between now and 20th December will win the money. So please do get cheering and help us on our way.

Take a look at our Neighbourly page and comment, like or share our posts.

Hop over to our Twitter page and send us a tweet @wiltshireSAR and use #cheerforgood when you do

Thank you for your support.

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Saving lives

Volunteers from Wiltshire Search and Rescue were called out last week to support Wiltshire Police to find an elderly man. Due to the immediate lifesaving actions by the team, the man was able to be safely transported to hospital by ambulance where he is now making a good recovery.

Adrian Sawyer, Chair of Wiltshire Search and Rescue, had this to say about the events, “When the call came through to us on the evening of 11th November, our volunteers were immediately sent to assist the police in the search. By planning sectors based on the available information, and putting the skills into practice that are learned through continuous training, the team was able to accurately identify the suspected location of Mr Paredes.

“This structured approach to searching is so vital during the early hours of any callout and greatly increases the chance of finding the missing person. Despite the darkness and dropping temperatures, the team was also able to rapidly search a river that was on the route, both from the bank and by entering the water in protective drysuits. It was a joint effort with the police in ensuring that together we had all possible locations discussed, prioritised and searched.”

Mr Paredes’ condition when he was found was of concern to the team, as he had been missing for several hours, was inadequately dressed for the poor weather conditions, and was dangerously hypothermic.

All of our team members are trained in basic life saving, and many of them to give more advanced medical care including joint training with the Ambulance Service. Treatment was immediately started, and additional lifesaving equipment was rushed to the scene. After Paramedics arrived, the team continued to assist moving Mr Paredes using a stretcher.

Wiltshire Police was quick to praise the volunteers, adding, “We are extremely grateful to the volunteers at Wiltshire Search and Rescue who in this situation gave us much needed extra people on the ground, working alongside our officers as colleagues.”

Wiltshire Search and Rescue is a voluntary organisation funded entirely through voluntary donations. The team is professionally trained and is called out by Wiltshire Police to support with finding vulnerable and missing people. In 2016 over 10,000 hours of volunteer hours were given to the community by the team. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and are united in their desire to be there when people need us most.

If you’d like to donate to the team to support our equipment, our vehicles and our training, please visit


Facebook: @wilsarteam

Twitter: @WiltshireSAR


For press information about Wiltshire Search and Rescue, please call Sarah Wolf, PR 07747 733216 or email


New Members’ Information Evening 15th March


Fully operational members on an exercise on the Marlborough Downs

We’re holding a new members’ information evening on Wednesday 15th March at Devizes Town Hall between 1930 and 2200. This is an ideal opportunity to hear from operational team members about what it’s like to volunteer for us. All are welcome but please email to confirm your place and please read

our Frequently Asked Questions before making a decision!

If you are interested in attending then please arrive in good time so that the presentation can start at 1930. We do require all new volunteers to attend this session. Our training schedule means that we cannot join volunteers unless they attend our new members’ information evening.

We look forward to meeting you on 15th March.

New Members’ Evening

22 January 2017  |  News, Training & Events  |  , , ,



Date for your diary – we’re holding an information evening for people interested in volunteering for us. It will be on Wednesday 15th March and if you’d like further details once they’re finalised, then please email