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Operational or support member?

Thank you for your interest in joining Hampshire Search and Rescue
Operational Recruitment is now closed.

We look for volunteers who can give their time willingly and in a professional manner to promote the aims and objectives of the team.
HANTSAR has members of all ages and from many walks of life.

Our support team members are highly valued and help us with fundraising and events and with specialist tasks such as accounting, vehicle/general maintenance and IT support. All of our operational members are on call 24/7 and are expected to attend as many callouts as possible around existing commitments. We are particularly interested in hearing from those available during office hours. – you can apply anytime to become a support member.

Our current joining process for operational members is below:

We regularly train on Thursday evenings and one Sunday morning a month plus very occasional Saturday sessions. Training is held by Zoom, classroom based and field based.

All of our volunteers are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, reference check and periodic further police checks as required.

Once operational, members are provided with uniform such as jackets, but most personal kit needs to be provided by members themselves. In addition a modest yearly subscription to the team is required (currently £15 a year for operational members and £7.50 for support members).

We also have additional information here.

Dates for recruitment 2024/25

Here are the dates for the next phases of training. You will need to be able to attend the fitness assessment and selection day and pass all training sessions to become an operational team member.

The training schedule is repeated every four months and it is usual to take eight months or more to qualify.

November 2024 Intake
1st August 2024Application process opens for November 2024 intake
29th August 2024Deadline for November 2024 applications*
2nd November 2024TBCSelection Day
March 2025 Intake
1st December 2024Application process opens for March 2025 intake
31st December 2024Deadline for March 2025 applications*
15th March 2025TBCSelection Day
November 2025 Intake
1st August 2025Application process opens for November 2025 intake
31st August 2025Deadline for November 2025 applications*
15th November 2025TBCSelection Day
* Depending on the number of applications we may need to close the recruitment earlier than the date given above
+ You only need to attend one of the fitness assessments

How can you join HANTSAR?

When the recruitment window is open via the button at the top of this page.
For further information and an informal chat please email the membership officer via the contact us page.