Wiltshire Search and Rescue volunteers receive personalised thank you letters from Chief Constable, Wiltshire Police

18 April 2018  |  News

Seventeen volunteers from Wiltshire Search and Rescue were sent personalised letters by Kier Pritchard, Chief Constable, Wiltshire Police in recognition of their dedication and commitment to the organisation. The letters thanked the volunteers for their hundreds of hours of service, their important roles in saving the lives of missing people and of their continued hard work in supporting the police when they are called out.

The letters also reference the personal sacrifices that volunteers make on a daily basis, often leaving their friends and family to attend a call out when a vulnerable person goes missing. The letters also mention how much invaluable feedback the team receives from officers within Wiltshire Police, and beyond.

Kier Pritchard, Chief Constable, added, “Please be reassured that this fantastic commitment to Wiltshire Search and Rescue does not go unnoticed by me or the senior command team here at Wiltshire Police.”

In 2017 the team attended 41 incidents and were directly responsible for saving the lives of five people, who, without the emergency medical care that the team is trained to deliver, and if they had not been found in time, would have died.

In order to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the team train for thousands of hours a year in skills such as searching near and on water, medical emergencies and navigation. In total our team gave over 25,000 hours of recorded voluntary time. This total doesn’t include the many hours of awareness-raising, fundraising and personal time given to ensuring the future of the team.

John Needham, Chair of Wiltshire Search and Rescue, added, “The statistics for 2017 show what a vital role we play in supporting the emergency services. Most importantly, vulnerable missing people that we help who need medical attention are given it by our volunteers, specifically trained to do this in an emergency situation. We directly helped to save the lives of five people last year who would have died if they had not been found and given lifesaving treatments by Wiltshire Search and Rescue volunteers.”

 The organisation relies entirely on fundraised income and each member of the team gives their time for free. Local companies who are interested in donating should get in touch via fundraising@wilsar.org.uk.

For press information about Wiltshire Search and Rescue and photographs, please contact Sarah Wolf, PR pr@wilsar.org.uk


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