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Wiltshire Search and Rescue WILSAR is recruiting again!

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at 4:27 pm.

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?

A spokesperson at WILSAR said, “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.

“As 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 five miles in under two hours. Due to the nature of Lowland Search and Rescue you will also be required to complete a Police background check.

“Anyone who would like to find out more about volunteering with WILSAR 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!”