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Search Exercise Formby

Team members have been in the Formby Woods and Dunes area today conducting a search exercise and VHF radio coverage assessment. Many thanks to the National Trust Rangers for their assistance.

International Mersey River Festival 2016

Over the weekend various team members brought along and staffed a PR display publicising Merseyside Search and Rescue at the 2016 International Mersey River Festival.

Thanks to the Event Managers and their colleagues at Liverpool City Council for granting us the opportunity and allocating us such a great location to exhibit on Hartley Quay, and of course thanks to our volunteers who gave up their valuable time. We also received just over £74 in donations which will be put to good use for which we are grateful.

As always the event saw thousands of visitors and we were able to speak to many people and raise the level of understanding of Lowland Search and Rescue on Merseyside. The team also took the opportunity to conduct radio coverage surveys, work closely with safety boat teams and liaise with St John Ambulance and Albert Dock security.

Sunday PM Team members proceeded directly from the event towards Formby for a search but thankfully the missing child was located whilst our volunteers were en route.

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Management Committee Meeting 27th may 2016

The Committee of MerSAR held a very productive meeting on Friday with progress in a number of important fields and some very interesting news for the near future, including the prospect of getting a lot more photos online. All unpaid professionals, giving up their time and energy to make a difference.

New MerSAR committee

Last night the newly expanded MerSAR Executive Committee held its first monthly meeting following election at the AGM. With such a group of enthusiastic volunteers boasting a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience in operational matters, business and charity administration this promises to be a year of great progress. We are now also Registered Charity No. 1166213.

Thanks to all who have volunteered in the past year for their efforts and the positive contributions they have made.

Applications for joining MerSAR

New Membership Intake: NOW OPEN FOR JULY 2016 INTAKE

Applications are now open for aspirant members. Applications will close at midnight on 1st July 2016. Applications received after that date will not be considered for this intake. 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. It is important for applicants to understand that they will need to commit to a period of initial training and that this will last at least six months on Monday nights. Additionally we undertake training exercises and fundraising on various weekends. Please do not apply for this intake if you are unable to commit to these training events. There is also an overall requirement to attend 75% of all training sessions delivered. The Search Technician’s course is also compulsory and is residential from the friday night until sunday afternoon, including night exercises.

Attendance requirements for all members is 75% attendance and apologies being given for any training/events that cannot be attended.
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) plus cover their own travel costs. 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. We do not need new management. Subject to team requirements, there may be opportunities, at the discretion of the committee, for progression to Team Leader or a search specialism once probationary members have been offered full membership and served a suitable period of time and evidenced commitment to the team. Team Leader and specialist functions require further courses and training.

Please follow the link to the online application form.

New Membership Intake: July 2015

Applications will open 22 July 2015 for aspirant members.

Applications will close at midnight on 22 August 2015.

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 early September for a 4 September 2015 induction (evening)…. meet the team have a chat etc see if its for you?

It is important for applicants to understand that they will need to commit to a period of initial training  and will include several weekends of navigation, basic search related training & scenarios , first aid and culminating in A COMPULSORY Search Technician course.

There will be additional friday night sessions as indicated on the training page of this website. These courses are compulsory. Please do not apply for this intake if you are unable to commit to training for this period.

The Search Technician’s course is compulsory and is residential from the friday night until sunday afternoon, including night exercises. Standard Friday night sessions will also be held as friday night is our regular training night.

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) plus cover their own travel costs.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 are a friendly bunch, run some great courses and if you are into the outdoors and are a down to earth person with a good sense of humour and a team player, we look forward to receiving your applications and to welcoming you to the team and a very worthwhile cause.

Please follow the link to the online application form.

A very busy June…

June was a busy month for MerSAR teams members starting with Team Leader courses (in the Midlands UKLSI), Fund-raising events and a Swift Water Rescue course (2 weekends away in Wales) for six of the team this will build on  numbers to our existing qualified SRT personnel.

Thanks to all those (and their families)  who gave up their weekends for these courses.

Whilst the team is not yet live, on Sunday we received a request to assist our neighbours, CSAR on a missing person search that had been ongoing for several days. On Monday we deployed qualified Search Technicians on the ground during the day and further teams arrived or were on route on Monday evening when the search was stood down. 18 Search Technicians were deployed from MerSAR all told.