Lowland search teams will be arriving in Oxfordshire from all over the UK on Saturday 23rd March to take part in a simulated major incident.
Operation Isis, is the first ever multi-unit national Lowland Search and Rescue exercise and will bring together specialist ALSAR (Association of Lowland Search and Rescue) teams, the emergency services and associated partners to demonstrate and showcase their ability, skills and readiness in a simulated search exercise.
The ALSAR family expanded this week as it was joined by 6 Search Dog Teams.
The teams from all over the south of the UK became the first in the country to join under new arrangements that enabled the Association of Lowland Search & Rescue to take responsibility for the coordination and provision of Search & Rescue Dogs in lowland environments.
Kent Search and Rescue and NSARDA CanTech unite for a safer future
This month Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR) and NSARDA CanTech Dogs signed an agreement for CanTech to become an integral dog unit within KSAR.
In keeping with the ALSAR Water Safety strategy, members of Kent, Surrey and Berkshire took part in the Water Safety Training in Yalding in Kent. The weekend was split in two with the first day being Bank Search Training with Stuart Kenny from KSAR and the Module 2 Water Rescue First Responder training with Andy Ford and Paul Lewis
OxSAR control vehicle appeal reaches new heights
Kilimanjaro climb to raise funds for the Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue Control Vehicle Appeal
Louise Dennis, a nurse at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford is training to become a lowland search technician with Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue (OxSAR), and left for Tanzania on June 17th to do a sponsored climb of Kilimanjaro. Louise is aiming to raise funds for a new Control Vehicle for OxSAR, which is vital for the co-ordination of searches for missing vulnerable people.