Adverse Weather Support

Leicestershire Search & Rescue (LeicSAR) offer support to the police, fire and ambulance services during extreme weather conditions.

We assist with a wide range of tasks which include assisting community nurses to see their patients, assisting NHS staff getting to and from work, enabling hospitals to stay fully staffed, assisting emergency responders in accessing difficult or inaccessible homes, road closures in dangerous areas and from this year our Community First Responders (CFRs) will be able to respond to emergency calls in difficult areas.

This service grows for us each year, and we always endeavour to improve our response.

We will also plan to offer a water response team to assist with the ever-increasing risk of flooding within the coming years.

We have seen a huge increase in flooding incidents within the county and nationally over the past few years, so LeicSAR will hopefully be adapting our response to better help the communities we serve.

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Community First Responders

Leicestershire Search & Rescue Community First Responders (CFR's) are members of the community who volunteer to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system in conjunction with the East Midlands Ambulance Service. Community First Responders provide care to patients in the local area of Leicester West and the city before the arrival of an Ambulance or Paramedic.

LeicSAR CFR's are trained to deliver Basic Life Support and defibrillation to patients in Cardiac Arrest. Other calls we would attend are Choking, diabetic emergencys, stroke, fitting, unconsciousness, difficulty in breathing or assisting a HCP.

As we are based within the Leicester community we can attend the scene of an emergency in a very short time, often arriving before the attendance of an Ambulance although an Ambulance is en-route.

The Community First Responders can then begin vital life saving first aid before the Ambulance arrives, further increasing the patient’s chance of survival and immediate care.

Leicestershire Search & Rescue Community First Responders provide where possible 24/7 cover to the local area of Leicester West and Leicester City Centre normally within a radius of 3 miles from our standby point.

We also provide further CFR support to the Ambulance service through our Adverse Weather Support Team. This is where the Ambulance service can ask us to respond to an area in which they might be struggling to get to or where severe weather takes away Ambulance resources. In this instance we will deploy to a standby point as directed and respond in the normal way. We can also provide logistics and transport for Paramedics and other NHS staff.

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Event Cover

Leicestershire Search & Rescue (LeicSAR) offer a wide range of services, some of these include offering our skills and experience at social events and sports events.

We have a mixture of Community First Responders, paramedics, ambulance technicians, trauma medics and all members of our team are first aid qualified.

We cover everything from community fetes & festivals to 24 hour endurance events.

Recently we have worked with Dementia UK for the second year, supporting their charity runs within Leicestershire.

If you think we may be able to help you, or you want further information on LeicSARs capabilities, please do not hesitate to get in contact.


Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the team have been volunteering other roles in our local community. This has included delivering food parcels, welfare checks, and working at Covid-19 vaccination hubs. The work at the vaccination hubs is ongoing and we have volunteered many thousands of hours to support our communities and support the NHS through this busy time of need