Posts Tagged ‘Wilton’

2016-08 Callout Salisbury continued

Monday 4th April 2016

Team put on standby at 10:30 to continue previous day’s search for missing male in Salisbury.

Search resumed at 12:00 and Team stood down at 13:00 as male was located by Police.

2016-07 Callout Salisbury

Sunday 3rd April 2016

Called out at 20:15 to assist Wiltshire Police in the search for a despondent male in Salisbury.

Search suspended at 02:50 pending further police enquiries.

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

WILSAR attend the Downton Cuckoo Fair

3 May 2015  |  News  |  , , ,

Volunteers from WILSAR had an excellent day at the Downton Cuckoo Fair in Southernmost Wiltshire yesterday with thousands of people in attendance. We displayed our control van and equipment and engaged with members of the public receiving a lot of interest in the Team  and  a number of names of those interested in joining us.

Search pirate and dalmatian!?Toward the end of the day we joined in a search with the police for a missing child who was found safe walking toward home.

A couple of our volunteers having got into the spirit of the fair may have received some unusual looks, searching with faces painted as a dalmatian and a pirate!?



We Don’t Just Search for Missing People

6 January 2014  |  News  |  , ,

Monday, 6th January 2014. We don’t just search for missing people.

Following a recent urgent request for help from a local Flood Warden in Wilton, Salisbury, team members spent the afternoon filling sand bags to protect The High Street and properties in Crow Lane, which were at immediate risk from flooding.

Wilton’s stream, normally only six inches deep, was flowing steadily at five feet deep and just inches from breaching its banks. WILSAR volunteers proceeded to use their control vehicle to help distribute the bags along the stream, gratefully assisted by local residents.

A very hard but rewarding day’s work for all involved. More sand was ordered and WILSAR remained on standby to assist further.

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24 Jul 12 Callout Wilton

24 July 2012  |  Latest callouts  |  ,

Callout for a missing 66 year old male in the Wilton area. Located prior to team deployment.