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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 http://wilsar.org.uk/donate

 

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Twitter: @WiltshireSAR

 

For press information about Wiltshire Search and Rescue, please call Sarah Wolf, PR 07747 733216 or email pr@wilsar.org.uk

 

New Members’ Evening

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

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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 membership@wilsar.org.uk

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 membership@wilsar.org.uk 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.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!

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