2010 saw Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR) celebrate their 10th Anniversary. The team, who search for missing, vulnerable people in conjunction with the Police are one of the oldest Lowland Search teams in the country and have grown in numbers during that time to their current strength of 45 highly skilled and trained operational searchers. The team, who are all volunteers, come from all walks of life and all areas of the county and train frequently in a wide variety of disciplines – individuals can specialize as team leaders, search controllers, trackers and navigators. Whilst basically a foot-search team, WILSAR also has searchers trained in the use of kayaks and mountain bikes and have a close working relationship with neighbouring search dog teams.
The team celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a Barn Dance at the end of the year which was attended by current and former members and their family and friends.
Chair of Wiltshire Search and Rescue, Steve Upton, commented, “this is an excellent opportunity to say, “thank you,” to all those who have supported the team over the last 10 years. Since its inception the team has been supported by a wonderfully committed group; not only those who are active operational members, but also those in each Searchers’ life who enable us, as individuals, to search. The commitment to search and rescue can, at times, be very demanding, and we would not be able to continue with such a successful team if we did not have, as a team and as individuals, such wonderful community support.”