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Wiltshire Search and Rescue aided by trailing dog for first time

Volunteers from Wiltshire Search and Rescue were joined by one of Lowland Rescues newest assets on a recent search for a missing vulnerable person. Roo, a six-year old spaniel-cross, is a qualified specialist trailing dog and is trained to follow the scent of a specific person.

This is the first time that Wiltshire has been helped by a dog that has been trained as part of the “Search Dog Heroes” project. This is a national programme between charity partners Lowland Rescue and Missing People. This was funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery through Postcode Dream Trust, to train and equip trailing dogs across the UK in this vital work.

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Wiltshire Search and Rescue announce busiest years on record - over 28,000 volunteer hours

As the volunteers of Wiltshire Search and Rescue reflect on another busy year supporting Wiltshire Police and the emergency services, the team is also pleased to announce the launch of their brand new 4x4 vehicle.

In total the team members gave 28,617 hours of volunteering time in the 12 months up to the end of December 2019 and were called out 62 times to find, rescue and treat missing and vulnerable people in the county.

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Training as a Search technician, Part 3: Square peg, square hole

Third training session today and we are starting to learn about all the equipment we use, how to get it out of the van, the initial actions when we arrive at a search, how to set up the base of operations and as importantly, putting it back in the right place afterwards.  When time is of the essence at the start of a search, the last thing you want is to open the radio case, to discover someone has put the rich tea biscuits in there.  Everything has a place.  

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