Warwickshire Search and Rescue (WarkSAR) is now recruiting new members to its voluntary organisation.
The team provides assistance to the police forces of Warwickshire and surrounding counties looking for high risk vulnerable missing people, who can be at risk of injury or even loss of life, either through illness, their environment or through their own actions.
Maria Eardley, of WarkSAR, said: “We are usually called out by Police Search Advisors and as we are working for the police, what we do is highly confidential, so many members of the public aren’t aware that we exist.
All team members are unpaid volunteers from all walks of life, from 18 to 80 years old.
“We are available to respond to callouts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.
“As well as search management personnel, team leaders and search technicians, Warwickshire Search and Rescue also has a search dog team and a specialist kayak team.”
“You will need to be reasonably fit, able to commit your time and work as a team member. All team members have to attend regular training sessions/exercises, and be able to attend organised fundraising duties.”
“In return we provide all required training and if you don’t already have such skills, navigation, first aid and communications.”
WarkSAR is a registered charity and receives no government funding so when not searching or training members are out fundraising to pay for equipment and insurance costs.
Companies and schools can sponsor WarkSAR, make a donation or hold sponsored events.
For more information about joining the team or raising money call 530858, email or visit www.warksar.org.uk