We have a number of Search and Rescue Dogs on the team who are trained to Lowland Rescue National standards: -
The majority of our dogs are trained as air scenting dogs, as we are most often called to rural and unpopulated areas (where dogs are much faster than humans at searching). Dogs are trained to detect any human scent, and the training is built up in stages until the dogs are ready to carry out successful searches.
Training for all parts of the team requires hard work and commitment. Dogs are accepted onto the training programme following initial behavioural assessments. Then, the dog and its handler will need to pass a nationally accredited assessment to take part in searches. Typically, training takes place weekly, all year round, and it will take six months before the dog handler/support achieves qualification standards and around two years before a dog team is ready to be nationally assessed.
K9 Team costs per K9 = £500/year
Our Foot teams deploy to all searches, effectively boots on the ground searching. Teams are deployed on almost all callouts, a team consisting of a Team Leader, Radio Operator, First Aider and qualified Search Technicians. Every new member must complete their training in Ground Searcher skills (a six-month process) to enable them to become a qualified Search Technicians and being deployed on operations. All team members must continue to demonstrate their ground search skills are up to scratch on a regular basis.
Ground Search teams can be deployed in both urban and rural areas, and will spend from one to six hours searching woodland, fields, parks, river banks and similar environments. The teams are deployed at any time of day or night, and in any weather, and must be self-sufficient regarding equipment, food and water.
The other specialist units complement the foot teams, so that between them the units can provide the speediest, comprehensive and effective response to callouts.
Foot team member costings = £350 PP
Each bike kit out is £700 Per rider
Each water bank member kit out £300 PP
£5,000 Per Drone
Our command team are made up of Search Planners and Search Managers who manage the Incident we are called to.
Planners using specialist mapping to help plan search areas using missing person data and live intel from the Police.
The team manage what resources are deployed where and record all parts of the search including radio messages, incident logs and a decision log.
Search Managers carry out this function but their main role is to have operational oversight of the incident and review any actions and decisions as required effectively Incident Commanders.
Command kit training = £500/year
Medic kit out = £300 PP
We are called out only by our partner agencies, in an emergency please dial 999.