Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team
A member of the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue
All team members are dedicated volunteers and give up a lot of their own valuable time to provide a service to the emergency services. There are a number of roles within the team from helping on fundraising events to planning and leading teams on searches. So if you want to become a volunteer there is sure to be a role in the team that suits you.
Being a member of SSART can be very rewarding and is a great way to meet new like-minded people.
If you are interested in joining the team but are worried that you don’t have all the skills necessary then there is no need to worry as we train all our team members to a minimum standard and continue to develop training and experience of all our members with an on-going training plan. Training is held every week on Wednesday nights from 19:00.
Worried about your fitness level but still want to help? Then why not join as a support member or offer to raise funds for the team? Search technicians are required to walk 5 miles in two hours over rough terrain.
Search Technician role:
Search technicians are effectively our foot soldiers during searches. They are tasked with searching various locations to locate missing people. You will be required to be a Search Technician to be considered for one of our specialist teams, such as the mountain bike or water rescue teams.
Training is organised on a regular basis and all search technicians are required to participate in the core subjects. As far as possible training is conducted locally but it may be necessary to travel out of the immediate area.
New members will be expected to attend an induction training programme, to prepare them for the Search Technician’s Course. The induction starts approximately 15 weeks prior to each ST course and you will be expected to attend at least 75% of the induction programme.
The mandatory Search Technicians Course is run twice a year and is paid for by you but all other training requirements are normally paid for by the team.
All team members are expected to attended fundraising events in order to be considered for further training courses.
If you don’t feel that a Search Technicians role is for you, you could still join the team as an Operational Support member or to assist with Fundraising.
There are many other ways that you could assist the team so if lowland search or 4x4 driving is not your thing, how about assisting with fund raising, publicity, website updates, assisting search controllers, hiding for our search dogs or maintaining essential equipment?
As an Operational Support member your role would be to help at the base camp during searches. It might be something as simple as putting a brew on for teams returning from a search, or helping the search controller with duties within the camp.
Fundraising is essential to keeping the team operational, so fundraising events are ongoing throughout the year. We also need help with raising funds so if you feel you want to support the team by collecting then please click the register interest button below.
If you would like to know more about the team or discuss membership we urge you to contact our Membership Secretary by e-mailing email@example.com who can give you a much greater understanding of what we do and how you can help.
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