Originally set up in 1979 to assist the local authority in times of disaster, then expanded to include the search for highly vulnerable missing persons, Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue became a registered charity in 1995. We are now partnered with Thames Valley Police, Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and all Berkshire councils. Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue is a founding member of the National Association of Lowland Search and Rescue, being one of 36 member teams in the UK.
Our team of 60 volunteers respond to 50 – 60 callouts a year, and are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days per week – and receive no payment whatsoever.
Our activities are:
Lowland Search and Rescue – assisting the police in the search for high risk, vulnerable missing persons
Water Rescue – assisting the police and fire service in the search and rescue of those affected by flooding and those missing in the water
Local Authority Category 1 Responder – supporting the emergency services to aid in the searching for persons/survivors involved in a major emergency
We also provide civil contingencies support to all the Berkshire councils.