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Can I join a specialist team?

Can I join a specialist team ?

Once you have been qualified as a ‘Search Technician’ for a year you can then train with one of HANTSAR’s specialist teams such as Water Rescue, Medical, Rope Access or Drones. We are first & foremost a foot search team so alongside specialist training we need to be able to keep our core competencies up to date.

How do I get to callouts?

How do I get to callouts ?

Our members make their own way from wherever they are to attend callouts. Occasionally it is possible to arrange to car share with fellow members who live nearby but cannot be guaranteed due to people’s differing availability. Therefore it is normally required, once you are qualified and join the search team, that you have your own transport.

What is HANTSAR’s Diversity policy?

What is HANTSAR’s Diversity policy ?

HANTSAR is firmly committed to diversity in all areas of its operations. We believe that we can learn and profit from diverse cultures and perspectives and that diversity will make our organisation more effective in meeting the needs of our members and those we search for.

We are committed to developing and maintaining an organisation in which differing ideas, abilities, backgrounds and needs are fostered and valued and where those with diverse backgrounds and experiences are able to participate and contribute.

We will regularly evaluate and monitor our progress towards diversity.

What personal equipment do members use?

What personal equipment do members use ?

People require our assistance in all types of terrain, seasons, weather conditions and times of the day. It is therefore imperative that each member has the proper clothing, equipment and food to contribute positively to search activities. Effectiveness requires that the searcher remains safe and comfortable at all times. Proper equipment ensures that the team can concentrate on finding the missing person or object rather than taking care of improperly equipped members.

The below is a typical equipment list required for operational members of the team. We provide each member with around £200 worth of personal equipment for use during membership.

Provided by HANTSAR

  • Hi-vis Class 3 jacket
  • ID badge
  • Red polo shirts
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Softshell jacket
  • First aid kit contents

Personal equipment

  • Walking boots, waterproof
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Rucksack/belt kit etc.
  • Good quality Silva type compass e.g. Ranger 3
  • Good quality torch with spare batteries LED type bulb
  • Spare torch and batteries
  • Water
  • Note book (A6 size is ideal), pens, pencils.
  • Snack food e.g. cereal bars/mint cake
  • Whistle
  • Personal First Aid kit
  • Mobile telephone
  • Gloves, gardening type
  • Knife/multitool
  • Map case or similar

How does a search start and what is involved?

How does a search start and what is involved ?

A search begins when someone contacts their local police with details of a missing person and the police determine that they require additional assistance. The police obtain this additional assistance by a contacting us who then call out the search team, members then start heading out to an agreed rendezvous point.

Once at the rendezvous point, a command post and base of operations is set up. This base of operations is staffed by a search manager, communications co-ordinator (responsible for radio communication) and the searchers. Once the base of operations is in place, the search can begin. Searchers sign in and are divided up into teams (groups of around 3-6 searchers). A team leader is assigned to each team. He/she attends a briefing with the search manager to determine the area their team will be covering and to receive important information such as a description of the missing person, where they were last seen, the direction they were heading, important behavioural information about them and any other relevant information.

The teams are then dispatched to their areas where they begin searching and looking for the missing person or any clues that might point them in the right direction. There are two outcomes: either the missing person is found and evacuation is initiated or, having completed the search of their allocated area, the team reports back to the search manager for re-assignment.

The final search step is a debriefing. This is usually held in two stages, an immediate operational debriefing of events and an organised meeting at a later time to go over procedures and determine how things could be made more efficient. A stress debriefing may be held if there is psychological stress caused as a result of the search.

Tell me about Support roles?

Tell me about Support roles ?

HANTSAR cannot function without dedicated volunteers. We need people who are keen to learn the skills needed to act in a support role. In HANTSAR, there is a place for anyone with a desire to help.

Support members get involved in many different types of activities, some of these are fundraising such as collections at supermarkets, others are involved in supporting a number of events that HANTSAR are involved with each year, these help raise our profile and give us a chance to talk to the public about the work we do.

We also have some technical roles that are open to Support members such as equipment management, accountancy, administration, uniform maintenance etc.

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