Applications are now open for aspirant members. Applications will close at midnight on 31 August 2014. Applications received after that date will not be considered for this round of applications.
If you like the outdoors, are a team player and want to join a friendly team of volunteers who dedicate their time to helping others in need, this may be just the opportunity for you.
The application form can be accessed from the link below.
Applications will be considered by the membership sub committee and successful applicants will be notified by mid August for a September 2014 induction and training.
The induction evening will take place on Friday 5th September 2014.
It is important for applicants to understand that they will need to commit to a period of initial training and that this will last from September until the end of November and will include several weekends of first aid (6-7 September 2014) , water safety ( 20 – 21st September 2014), navigation ( probably 4-5 October) and culminating in a Search Technician course (probably in Berkshire on 21-23 November) . These courses are compulsory. Please do not apply for this intake if you are unable to commit to training for this period. Friday night sessions will also be held as friday night is our regular training night.
The time commitment for training reduces significantly after November 2014 and will then revert to friday night sessions (probably two a month).
All applicants and Members are expected to attend and staff fundraising events (bag packing etc).
MerSAR is a volunteer organisation. We are not paid – training and call outs are undertaken at the individual’s own risk. We are all adults and rely on participants to inform us if they feel uncomfortable doing any activity at any time.
Any equipment that is provided is purchased from funds raised. Members will need to provide much of their own personal equipment (rucksack, waterproofs, torches, batteries, vehicles, petrol, food).
We welcome team players who are relaxed, have a sense of humour and who are happy to take part in our activities as probationary team members. It is very important to us to keep our team ethos and atmosphere.
Subject to team requirements, there may be opportunities, at the discretion of the committee, for progression to Team Leader and Search Manager once probationary members have been offered full membership and served a suitable period of time and evidenced commitment to the team. Team Leader and Search Manager require further courses and training.
We look forward to receiving your applications and to welcoming you to the team and a very worthwhile cause.