Author Archives: MerSAR Admin

Search Exercise Bidston Moss

Search Control / Equipment trailer and Land Rover “Mersey Mobile”

MerSAR conducted a surprise search exercise last night. Team members were alerted via our callout system without prior notice, arrived at the search area as soon as possible with multiple potential casualties missing in fog. Thanks to Chris, training officer, for a very good exercise practicing search techniques. Some probationary trainees who hope to become team members were also able to take part.

To maintain our many related skillsets we regularly practice communications, incident, radio and decision logging, and search planning under live conditions. MerSAR can run an entire missing person search to recognised international standards using in-house assets.

Management – qualified Search Planners formulate the incident response and operate the control function whilst highly-trained Team Leaders ensure search quality in the field.

RAF Burtonwood Heritage Festival 2017

Some more photos from the Sunday at the #Team999 event at Burtonwood Heritage Festival 2017. Over the weekend team members were also present at a Merseyside Police event in South Liverpool and the Wirral 10K Run and Half Marathon.

Many thanks to Moonraker (UK) Ltd for providing our new 15M telescopic radio mast at a reduced price.

Wirral 10K and Half Marathon Sept 2017

Sunday at the Nostalgia Festival

MerSAR at the #Team999 display, RAF Burtonwood Heritage Festival.

Volunteers from Merseyside Search and Rescue attended the RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre Nostalgia Weekend today as part of our #Team999 display. They will be back with us tomorrow from 10am

Posted by Warrington Police on Saturday, 9 September 2017

Water

Our primary purpose is to search for high risk vulnerable missing people on Merseyside. Because of the geography of the county this often involves searching near to bodies of water and we therefore dedicate significant time to building the already considerable skills and experience of team members in this area.

 

Search Literature

Search techniques, planning and operations skills and knowledge are regularly reviewed and updated within the team. In addition to the statistical reference materials at our disposal, MerSAR utilise a range of books and other reference materials that represent best practice in various disciplines with the goal of providing the best possible service to missing people on Merseyside.

April 22nd, 23rd and 24th

Another busy weekend for the team: members assisted at the scene of a RTC en route to a PR event in Southport on the Saturday, Fundraising at the New Mersey Retail Park in Speke on the Sunday and volunteers renewed their fitness assessment at Thurstaston Monday evening,

New Member Intake and Fundraising

We had an excellent response to our call (which included an interview with Radio Merseyside and articles in the press) for new members. Great bunch of new members. Since then we have run safety training (Off Site Safety Management as well as first aid) courses for members and two very successful fundraising events – all adding to our funds to purchase mission critical safety equipment.

Our next new member intake will take place in January 2015. Application dates will be posted up shortly.