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.
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
The team train every Monday night: Please see our Facebook page on the right for more details.
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 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.
Many thanks to the organisers of the Wirral in Bloom 2017 event and to all festival-goers who donated to the team.
For those new to MerSAR attending the basic land search and intro to medical training the RV is the car park, Arrowe Brook Road at 19:30
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,
Volunteers were in Birkenhead Park last night conducting a search exercise, including radio coverage checks and local knowledge guidance for newer members not familiar with the area.
Half of the team are undergoing Search Technician training this weekend with our mentor group – Cheshire Search and Rescue, with the other half undergoing training in the summer. Here’s to an interesting weekend!