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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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Training as a search technician: Part 2

This is the second in our series written by new trainee Dave Hughes.

Continuing my training blog, the time an evening session with talks from both the police and ambulance service as well as an overview of the broader search and rescue framework across the UK.  Never having been involved in anything remotely like this before, some real eye-opening stuff...

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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.

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