Cheshire Search and Rescue Team was formed following the disappearance of a teenage girl in 2004 and started as a group of community spirited individuals with little more than high visibility jackets and torches.
The team today is extremely well trained and equipped and we regularly assist Cheshire police and other statutory emergency services.
Our control vehicle and two 4×4 Land Rover ambulances are currently based in Windes in the TA barracks where all of our medical, rescue, rope and water search kit is stored. For the second year running Tatton Estates have very generously donated the rent for an office in Knutsford where all of the team's administration and planning takes place.
When we are called out the police or other emergency service will call our duty call manager who activates the team using the call out management and priority messaging system SARCALL.
We are mainly called out to assist in the search for missing or vulnerable people across the county's 904 square miles (2.34 billion square metres) in the varied terrain of Cheshire. Most people’s mental image of Cheshire is of large swathes of rural, flat land and towns and cities including Warrington and Chester. Cheshire also has large areas of moorland, dense forests (Delamere and Macclesfield) and steep ground, cliffs and quarries including Bossley Cloud, the Sandstone Trail, Frodsham, Tegg's Nose and Shining Tor (altitude 1834 feet) which means that we need to train for more than searches in the "Cheshire Plains".
Cheshire also has more miles of waterways than most other counties and our training and equipment allow us to safely and effectively search areas including the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal.
We are more than a search and rescue team and strongly believe in promoting an inclusive and supportive community, promoting health and first aid and raising awareness of the valuable work of the statutory emergency and voluntary services in the country.
We support police initiatives such as the award winning Victoria Park Experience (VPX) which encourages young people to engage in sports and other activities.
We have strong links to Cheshire's Scouting organisation and regularly visit groups to talk about the work that we do, provide medical training, provide medical cover for events and we are excited to announce that we are working on a Cheshire Search and Rescue badge that will be awarded to scouts upon completion of various training exercises.
We have worked with Warrington Youth Club on their Summer of a Lifetime by providing medical and search training to a very talented and inspirational group of young people.
We regularly present to groups at schools, and organisations about the work that we do. For several years we have run trauma training courses (BTACC) for trainee doctors from the University of Liverpool School of Medicine who have formed an ATACC (Advanced Trauma and Critical Care) and BTACC (Basic Trauma and Critical Care) society.