Lincolnshire Lowland Search and Rescue is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to search for vulnerable missing persons and this is the organisation’s primary role.
Every year many people go missing in Lincolnshire, some of these are regarded as High Risk and Vulnerable, such as young children, dementia sufferers or those who are suicidal. We are here to help in any situation at any time.
Lincolnshire Lowland Search and Rescue provides highly trained searchers who are on call 24 hours a day and can be called out by local Police forces and neighbouring Search and Rescue teams to help search and locate missing people and return them to their families. Our team is made up entirely of volunteers who spend a huge amount of their time on specialist training. The team responds to callouts in Lincolnshire and also assists similar teams in surrounding counties. This service is provided completely free of charge and is funded through charitable donations from the public and local businesses.
The team provides searchers and search management capabilities as well as all the equipment needed to be fully self sufficient in their role such as Control Vehicles, Mapping, GPS, Communications, etc.
Lincolnshire Lowland Search and Rescue is a member team of the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue (ALSAR) who are responsible for coordinating Lowland Search teams as well as setting minimum standards for the various roles within a team.
Within all Lowland Search and Rescue teams there are a variety of roles, all of which are certified to a national standard.
Search TechnicianThis is entry level for operational work for all ALSAR teams. The 8 week training programme consists of subjects such as Search Techniques, Health and Safety, First Aid, Communications, Navigation, Missing Person Behaviour and Scenes of Crime.
Search Team LeaderThe Search Team Leader works with a group of Search Technicians to carry out the Search Plan given by the Coordinator. They are trained in Sub sectoring and Prioritisation, Leadership and Welfare, Advanced Search Skills and Incident Management.
Search Planners and ManagersSearch Planners and Search Managers’ plan and manage the physical search effort on behalf of or alongside the Police, including the coordination of resources, search planning, management and deployment. They take intensive training and all are assessed to ensure high levels of knowledge and capability. It is not unusual for ALSAR Search Managers to act as tactical advisors to the Police during a search.
Specialist RolesSpecialist roles within Search and Rescue teams vary considerably. Not every team has these roles, dependant on areas and circumstances, but many are working towards extending their provision of skills such as Dog handler, Flood rescue, Bike search, Boat search and many more. Each team has to adapt to a variety of situations so being multiskilled is the aim of every team.
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