Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR) recently responded to a New Year’s Day call from Hampshire Constabulary to look for a missing person, who was located safe and well after a short search. This was the 900th Callout for our all-volunteer charity, to search for vulnerable and at-risk missing people on behalf of the police, since our formation in 2003.
The 900th Callout is not a cause for celebration nor a reason to glorify what we do. Far from it – but it is a time for reflection. We think of those we have tried to help over the years and their families. We are reminded of the unwavering commitment of our trained volunteers, past and present, and the support given by their families. During the Pandemic we have taken additional steps to protect ourselves but have still responded to every request for assistance. We will continue to do so on behalf of the police and for our local communities.