Hampshire Search and Rescue, also known as HANTSAR, will open its doors to aspiring volunteers on the evening of Thursday 9th June.
HANTSAR is a charity organisation, staffed entirely by volunteers, which provides round the clock cover to assist the police and other agencies to search for vulnerable missing persons.
All operational members receive professional training to the standard required by the police and other search and rescue agencies. This includes qualifications in search techniques, first aid, map reading, radio operation, search planning and management.
Searches are carried out across Hampshire and into neighbouring counties. Searches may be in urban areas, the countryside, open land, or in wooded areas. HANTSAR may also be asked to search beaches or riverbanks in conjunction with the Coastguard or Environment Agency and are available any time of day, whatever the weather.
In addition to searches for vulnerable missing persons HANTSAR may occasionally be called out to search for other items, such as a piece of evidence or a missing vehicle or downed aircraft. The group is also available to help in cases of civil emergency or natural disaster.
HANTSAR chairman, Tony Privett said, ‘HANTSAR exists only through the support of all of its volunteers, both operational for searching and support for raising funds.
‘We welcome help from new members for both parts of the team.’
Interested parties are asked to contact Alison Chestnutt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03303 309506.