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Saturday 28 February: Bag packing
Team members were bag packing at Sainsbury's in Chester where we are the Charity of the year.
Thursday 25 December: Merry Christmas!
Cheshire Search & Rescue would like to wish all their supporters, followers and members a very merry Christmas. The team remain on call today as always, having been called out twice in the last 3 years on Christmas day, enjoy the festivities today and stay safe everyone. 100% Volunteers.
Saturday 20 December: Bag packing
A few of the team with Skye and the festive staff of Sainsburys Chester. We're delighted to be their charity of the year & look forwards to some successful fundraising this weekend.
Tuesday 16 December: Training
This week's training session was a very wet search exercise at Delamere Forest.
The misper was a gentleman by the name of Santa Claus who had fallen from a roof top after becoming a little intoxicated after one too many sherrys.
Saturday 13 December: Fundraising at M&S
It was a busy day at Marks and Spencer Gemini and we had some fantastic donations from really kind customers.
Enormous thanks to all the staff and customers from the amazing donations totalling £797.
Sunday 7 December: Call-out
We were contacted by Cheshire Police at 2:50 in the morning to ask if we could assist in the search for a high risk vulnerable male in very poor weather conditions.
Sunday 7 December: Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) promotional video
Team member Ester Hooper and search dog Izzy are officially famous. Look out for them in the video below.
Sunday 7 December: Joint Training Exercise
Today team member Ester Hooper and search dog Izzy attended a multi-team training exercise which was hosted by our good friends at
Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team.
Tuesday 2 December: Training: Evidence and Hazard Awareness for Air Accident Responders
We were very lucky to be joined by our Trustee Alan Parmenter this evening in his professional role as Manager of Cranfield University's Safety and Accident Investigation Centre. Al, a retired Lieutenant Commander Royal Navy, spent his early career as an engineer in the Royal Navy and more recently being an Investigating Officer at the Royal Navy's Flight Safety and Accident Investigation Centre, investigating some very high profile incidents, before joining Cranfield's World renowned centre.
Saturday 29 November: Flood Responder Course
Team members were at Kirby Lonsdale for a Flood Responder course; the tean now have seven more Flood Responders.
Saturday 29 November: First aid cover
Four team members were providing first aid cover for Knutsford's Christmas lights switch on.
Saturday 29 November – Monday 1 December: Call-out
We were called out by Cheshire police at 12:00 on Saturday to assist in the search for a missing male in the Haslington area.
Tuesday 25 November: Training
The team was at Marbury Park for a search and medical exercise followed by a full debrief of the evening.
Saturday 22 November: Search dog call-out
CSAR and SARDA Wales member Ester Hooper and search dog Izzy joined North East Wales Search and Rescue to assist Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team in the search for a male in the Rhos on Sea area.
Saturday 22 November: Meeting with SARDA Wales
Team Leader Simon Lane and search dog handler Ester Hooper met with
Harold Burrows MBE, Chairman of National Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA)
in Wales this evening to discuss the use of search dogs in the region and training for our search managers.
Tuesday 18 November: Airport Emergency Planning Meeting
Executive Committee Member Mark Susca attended an Emergency Planning Committee Meeting at Manchester Airport.
Sunday 16 November: ALSAR national meeting
Chairman Robbie Davies MBE attended the ALSAR national meeting.
Sunday 16 November: Inter-Agency Exercise
This Sunday, CSAR team members James Hough, Mark Susca and Fabrice Fleurot participated to a joint exercise organised by our
friends and including NEWSAR, RPMRT, National Police Air Support, Greater Manchester Police, Lancashire Constabulary, Greater Manchster Fire and Rescue Service, NW 4x4 Response, Remote Medic and the Scout Association, for a total of 82 people, plus 2 mountain rescue dogs!
Saturday 15 November: Bag packing
Some of our members were at Marks & Spencer raising funds for the team while helping customers to pack their bags and talking about our work.
Thursday 13 November: Meeting
Chairman Robbie Davies MBE and Team Leader Simon Lane met with the team's Medical Director Dr Mark Forrest, who is an Anaesthetic consultant, Medical director of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and Medical Director of
Dr Forrest outlined his detailed plans for 2015 for the team, which are to say the least extremely exciting.
Wednesday 12 November: Multi-Agency Exercise
Executive Committee Members Mark Susca and Robbie Davies, as part of the Team's commitment to the Civil Contingency Act, attended a Major Incident Exercise as part of Cheshire's Local Resilience Forum (LRF).
Tuesday 11 November: Training
Tonight's training was the use of stretchers and ropes on steep ground.
Tuesday 11 November: Hazard and Evidence Awareness for Air Accident Responders
Executive Committee Member Mark Susca was at Cranfield University's Safety and Accident Investigation Centre assisting in delivering a course to aviation management personnel in Accident and Incident Investigation.
Monday 10 November: Meeting with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)
Our Chairman and Team Leader met with the NWAS Operational Director, the Operational Director for Cheshire and Merseyside and a governor of the trust who is also a volunteer first responder. We discussed formalising call-out procedures and the exciting prospect of placing kit and possibly vehicles at strategic locations in the county to enable us to deploy to incidents faster.
Saturday 1 November: Medical and safety cover for Hellrunner: Hell Up North!
For the fourth consecutive year, Cheshire Search and Rescue
provided medical and safety cover for the much dreaded Brooks Hellrunner in Delamere Forest.
Tuesday 28 October: Training
The team was up at our unit in Widnes making final preparations for supplying medical cover for Brooks HellRunner on Saturday.
Wednesday 22 October: Meeting with Buxton Mountain Rescue Team
Committee members from both teams met at Buxton's purpose built base to discuss an upcoming Cheshire police training exercise that both teams will assist in running.
Tuesday 21 October: Meeting
Team Leader Simon Lane met with Sally-Anne Rogers in our home town of Knutsford. Sally-Anne is the Managing Director of
Brand Reputation Management
and was interviewing Simon as part of her PR work for Tatton Estates who have, for two years in a row, generously donated an office in Knutsford where the team run all of its operations.
Tuesday 21 October: Training
The training session was preparation for Hell Up North which takes place on the 1st November.
Monday 20 October: Call-out
We were called out by Cheshire Police at 21:00 to search for a missing male in Ellesmere Port but were stood down within the hour as the missing male had been found.
Friday 17 – Sunday 19 October: Bolton Mountain Rescue Foundation Course
This weekend we attended the annual Bolton Mountain Rescue Team Foundation Course in Mountain Rescue with 12 members as candidates and 4 assisting.
Monday 6 October: Huge thanks to Knutsford Town Council
Team Leader Simon Lane attended a meeting of the Knutsford Town Council to answer questions about a grant that the team had applied for as part of the town's Community Grant Scheme. We are thrilled to report that the team has been awarded a grant of £1750.00 to purchase much needed specialist helmets and we, once again, thank Knutsford Town Council for its continued support.
Wednesday 1 October: Call-out
We were called by Cheshire police to assist in the search for a male in Runcorn. As plans were being made we were stood down at 02:00hrs as the missing male had been found.
Tuesday 30 September: Photo Exhibition
Team members Rick, Barbara and Sean went to the grand opening of the Knutsfordian Photography Exhibition in the Old Town Hall in Knutsford. Photos of local shopkeepers, historians, pageant winners and volunteers were taken by local photographer Paul Worpole. The photo of the three members will be on display until Sunday.
Tuesday 30 September: Training
Tonight's training session was the team's annual fitness test. Team members are required to complete a 5 mile hike in no more than 2 hours with the kit they would normally carry on a search exercise.
Tuesday 23 September: Visit from our patron the Duke of Westminster
On Tuesday 23 September, the team was delighted to welcome our Patron, His Grace the Duke of Westminster to attend a training session, meet team members and view a series of demonstrations to show off our operational capability.
Sunday 21 September: In the news...
Ever wondered what our team members get up to in their day jobs? Team member Ester (also Medical Lead and handler of trainee SAR dog Izzy) is a HART Paramedic and hit the headlines recently when a tourist was taken ill while visiting the roof top tour of Chester Cathedral (photo courtesy of the
Ester was involved in bringing the tourist safely back to ground level as it wasn't possible for him to be taken to safety the same way that he climbed up!
Saturday 20 September: Call-out
We were called by NEWSAR to assist in the search for a missing person but were stood down while responding.
Saturday 20 September: First-aid cover
The team were out providing first aid cover for an event with the Fire Cadets at Cheshire College in Northwich.
Tuesday 16 September: Training
Tonight's training session was kit familiarisation at Styal Mill.
New members got to look at the team's water, rope and medical rescue kit and were able
to see it in action during some demonstrations.
Sunday 14 September: CSAR Open Day at Alderley Edge
Cheshire Search And Rescue had an
open day at Alderley Edge
with the National Trust.
Tuesday 9 September: Training
This training session was a search exercise at Delamere Forest. The search scenario was a missing female who had become lost and disorientated in the forest; she was found and treated by team members.
Tuesday 26 August: First aid cover
For the fourth time this month, the team provided first-aid cover for our friends at the
Victoria Park Experience (VPX).
Saturday 23 – Monday 25 August: Sainsburys Chester's charity of the year
We are proud to have been selected as Sainsburys Chester's charity for the next 12 months. For three days, the team was bag packing, then had a display at the store.
Tuesday 19 August: Training
Tonight's training was a search exercise at Carr Woods in Styal. Four teams were deployed, covering large search areas ranging from open grass areas to dense woodland. The exercise concluded with the successful location and recovery of an injured male.
Tuesday 19 August: First aid cover
The team provided first aid cover for the third day of the
Victoria Park Experience.
Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 August: Seach Planner Course
The weekend saw 14 members of Cheshire SAR and 6 of our neighbours from Merseyside SAR complete the ALSAR Search Planner course. Taken through the excellent course by Kris Manning, all attendees took away plenty of information on missing person behaviour and how to plan a search.
Tuesday 12 August: Training
Visit to the team's new HQ in Widnes. The team got to look around the new vehicle and equipment storage facility as well as getting the opportunity to practice some of the knots we use as part of rope rescue.
Tuesday 12 August: First aid cover
The team provided first aid cover for the second day of
Victoria Park Experience. During the day, we were asked to search for two missing children in the crowd. After taking the description, we quickly found them safe and well.
Monday 11 August: New members' evening
The new members' evening was held at our East Cheshire base.
Sunday 10 August: Call-out
We were called out by West Mercia police along with West Midlands Search and Rescue and Staffordshire Search and Rescue to search for a missing male. The 17 members that were available were stood down within an hour as the missing male was found.
Thursday 7 August: Call-out
We were called out by Bolton Mountain Rescue's Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE to assist in the search for a missing man in the Abram/Bryn Gates area of Wigan.
Tuesday 5 August: First aid cover
Today the team provided first aid cover for our friends at the
Victoria Park Experience.
Sunday 3 August: First aid cover
The team had a busy day at Cheshire Game and Angling Fair at Peover Hall. We were providing first aid support for the event and also putting on a demonstration with one of our search dogs.
Tuesday 29 July: Training
Tonight's training session was an urban search exercise.
Tuesday 22 July: Training
Tonight's session was water training at the beautiful Boundary Water Park. The team split into groups according to level of qualification and practised rescuing casualties with and without our raft, bank side search techniques and throw line practice.
Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 July: Search operation course
This weekend four members passed the ALSAR Search Operations course.
Saturday 19 July: Dog training
Trainee search dogs Izzy and Skye were out training again this weekend with handlers Ester Hooper and Damian Timmis.
Wednesday 16 July: Presentation
Three team members gave a talk to Widnes Fire Cadets about the varied work the team carries out, from call-outs to training and fundraising.
Tuesday 15 July: Training
Tonight the team was at Delamere Forest carrying out assessments for our trainee party leaders. Tonight's exercise was a crime scene scenario. This gives our party leaders and search technicians the skills to recognise, approach and deal with a potential crime scene, enabling them to pass on vital information to the police and record and protect possible evidence.
Monday 14 July: Sainsbury's Chester's Charity of the year
In June 2014 we were honoured to discover that we had been shortlisted
as one of three Charities that were to be considered as
charity of the year
for Sainsbury's at Caldy Valley, Chester.
Sunday 13 July: Helicopter Winch Training with RAF
Today 27 team members went to
to learn how to safely be winched on and off a Sea King helicopter.
Saturday 12 July: Call-out
We were called out at 12:15hrs by Oldham Mountain Rescue Team
to assist in the search for a missing male. Eight members joined four other
Mountain Rescue teams until we were stood down at 17:00hrs.
Friday 11 – Sunday 13 July: Dog training
Trainee search dogs Izzy and Skye and their handlers Ester Hooper and Damian Timmis
attended a training weekend with
SARDA (Search and Rescue Dog Association) Wales
Friday 11 July: RAF Operation Hawkeye
Trainee search dog Izzy, handler Ester Hooper and Damian Timmis
(navigator for the day but also trainee dog handler) were invited
to take part in an exercise that forms part of RAF pilots survival
training along with another Search dog and handler.
Tuesday 8 July: Training
Training tonight was at the beautiful Lindow Moss and focused on briefing and debriefing.
Tuesday 8 July: Presentation
Team members Alan Burniston and Anthony Horrigan along with Kate
(our elderly but trusty 4x4 Land Rover Ambulance) visited Liverpool Hope University
to talk about the work that we do. We also talked about our friends
at probationary team Merseyside Search and Rescue for whom we are a mentoring team.
Students then split into four teams and searched in different areas
of he university to search for a 'missing person'.
Tuesday 8 July: Presentation
This morning Team Leader Simon Lane was invited to deliver a
presentation to a large company in Chester. Details to follow.
Saturday 5 July: Fundraising
Team members attended the Blacon Festival to raise awareness
of the team and to raise funds. We are grateful to Sarah Merrington
for organising a tombola that raised over £200 pounds for the team.
Wednesday 2 July: Call-out
We were called by Bolton Mountain Rescue Team to assist in the search for a
male who had been missing in the Leigh area for a week. 21 members were
available but were stood down as sadly the male had been found deceased by police officers.
Sunday 29 June: Fundraising
Support team member Lauren O'Shea did a sponsored walk up Snowdon
and was ably assisted by team members Andrew Isherwood and Sean Coles.
Wanting an early start she was up at 03:00hrs and started the hike at
06:45 reaching the summit at 13:00. The walk which ended at 17:00
included both Crib Goch and Bwlch Goch. Lauren has been a valued member of
the team for two years during which time she has assisted in almost everything
that we do from fundraising to being a 'casualty' during both weekly
training sessions and also full weekends. Update on funds raised to follow.
Sunday 29 June: Team display
Today team members attended the open day at Warrington Fire Station to display team kit and to
show our support to the Fire and Rescue Service.
Saturday 28 June: First aid cover
Team members Caroline Jacks and Fabrice Fleurot attended Goostery Rose Day to provide standby first aid cover.
Saturday 28 June: Moving home, part 2
15 team members moved all of our vehicles and kit to our new temporary home at Military Barracks
in Widnes today as our old base is due to be demolished. We would like to sincerely thank United
Utilities for providing our operational base for the last five years.
Thursday 26 June: Barbecue
Today 6 members of the team attended the summer party of Cullimore Dutton Solicitors. The event
was a Bar-b-q held in the gardens of the solicitor firm in Chester city centre. Attending along with
the team were clients of the firm, land and estate agents, bank managers and other professional
contacts as well as a number of solicitors from Cullimore Dutton. A good evening was had by all and
thanks to the generosity of those attending and others who sent donations in, over £500 was raised
for the team.
Wednesday 25 June: Presentation
Team members Anthony Horrigan and Richard Wiffen gave a presentation to Congleton and
Macclesfield Advanced Morotrists organisation. We are most grateful for their impromptu collection
of £87 in addition to a formal donation from the group.
Wednesday 25 June: Meeting
Team member, pilot and Air Accident Investigator Mark Susca met with a representative of
Manchester Airport today. More details to follow later.
Tuesday 24 June: Presentations
We were joined tonight by GMP Flight Path Protection Officer Nigel Taberner who gave a very
interesting presentation on how we can assist in keeping Manchester airport safe. This was followed
by a NHS presentation on Conflict Resolution by team member Sean Baker.
We would like to thank Chester University for the use of one of their lecture rooms and Nigel for
giving up his time to visit.
Sunday 22 June: Call-out
We were contacted at 21:13 hours by Bolton Mountain Rescue Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE to
ask for a small team to assist in the search for a missing Woman from Westhoughton who had not
Saturday 21 June: Call-out
We were called to assist our friends and colleagues at Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) to
search for a 36 year-old male that had been missing from his home in Walkden since 7th june.
Thursday 19 June: ISAC course
We were invited by the faculty of
(Anaesthesia Trauma and Critical Care) to
send ten members on the Incident Safety Assessment Course.
Wednesday 18 June: Demonstration
Team members James Hough, Sara Crawford and Gemma Dubajic attended Rode Heath Cubs
and Scouts. The cubs had a tour and demonstration of the vehicle as well as being shown
stretcher handling techniques.
Tuesday 17 June: Training
Tonight's training session was the annual clothed swim test at Marbury Park where members must
demonstrate that they can swim 50 metres fully clothed.
Sunday 15 June: First aid cover
Six team members attended the Lymm May Queen event from 12pm-5pm to provide first aid cover.
Three team members followed the procession through Lymm ensuring that the participants and
general public were safe and well and the other three manned a fixed first aid point. We are happy
to report that there were no incidents and also that a kind donation of £150 was received from the
Lymm May Queen Committee.
Saturday 7 June: First aid cover
Today team members assisted Helsby Running Club in hosting their annual Sandstone Trail
Challenge. This year saw 200 people set out on the challenging course with the team providing
Medical and Rescue cover for the entrants.
Thursday 5 June: Presentation
Team members Naomi Thompson and Andrew Isherwood gave a presentation to Air Cadets in Warrington.
Tuesday 3 June: Training
Training tonight was a search exercise in the hills above Macclesfield that ended with a casualty
being stretchered to the nearest road head.
Tuesday 3 June: Meeting with NEWSAR
Three team members went to a meeting at
North Wales Search and Rescue Team's base
to discuss further training opportunities for the team with North Wales
Mountain Rescue Association (nwmra.org). We are delighted to announce that NWMRA training
Lead Richard Barry will be meeting with our rope team later in the month.
Monday 2 June: Committee meeting
The committee met tonight for its monthly management meeting at our office in Knutsford
which has been donated for the second year in a row by
(full details to be updated to website shortly.)
Saturday 31 May: Rope training
The team was out on Saturday to practice rope access in the most difficult locations.
Friday 30 May: Charity of the month
We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Waitrose Northwich's "Community Matters" charities throughout the month of June. Customers will be given a green token when paying for their shopping, with which they can nominate one of three charities. At the end of the month, the tokens will be weighed and share £1000 according to the token weight. Thank you for putting your green tokens in the Cheshire Search And Rescue box!
Friday 30 May: Donation
We'd like to extend a huge thank you to the Kennel Club who recently made a very generous donation to Cheshire Search and Rescue Team in recognition of the important role dogs have in supporting a search team.
Saturday 24 May: Tracking exercise with SARIUK
Team member Fabrice Fleurot went today to a tracking exercise with SARIUK in the Bowland Forest where tracking skills were used in the context of a search exercise. Two teams successfully followed the tracks of "missing persons" over several miles from the Point Last Seen to their final destinations.
Sunday 18 May: Joint training exercise with Kinder Mountain Rescue Team
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Phil Ridley (Kinder MRT and Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation training lead) for organising a joint exercise and also thank all Kinder MRT members for their hospitality.
Friday 16 – Sunday 18 May: Track and Clue Awareness course with SARIUK
Team member Lucienne Sutton is the third member to attend the superb introduction to tracking course at Bowland Pennines Mountain Rescue Teams base which is run by Search and Rescue Institute UK.
Friday 16 May: Police debrief
We met with Cheshire police at their Winsford Headquarters for a debrief of a recent search. We meet with the police periodically to review searches and to discuss best practice.
Tuesday 13 May: Navigation assessments
Mountain Leaders and team members Barbara Broderick and Alan Burniston assessed more members navigation skills as part of our formal National Navigation Awards Scheme training.
Monday 12 May: Training team meeting
The training team met at our office in Knutsford for which Monckton Properties have very generously paid the rent for the second year running. Plans were made for the next three months for both our weekly Tuesday night sessions and also numerous weekend sessions.
Sunday 11 May: ALSAR AGM
Chairman Robbie Davies attended the Association of Lowland Search And Rescue AGM.
Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 May: Swift Water Rescue Course
Training Lead Mark Clayton and Deputy Team Leader Mark Simpson
completed the second part of their Swift Water Rescue training this
weekend and passed the course.
Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 May: Bank Side Search Course
This weekend we ran a Bank Side Search Course at the National Trust's
beautiful Styal Mill. We are extremely lucky to have the support of
the National Trust at numerous sites across the county and would
like to extend our sincere thanks for their ongoing support of the team.
Saturday 10 May: Stand-by
At 07:24hrs we were contacted by Staffordshire Search and Rescue
Team (SSART) to ask if we would be able to assist them in the search
for a missing person. Team members were ready to deploy but were
stood down as all search areas were covered by SSART members.
Friday 9 – Sunday 11 May: Search Dog Training
Team member Ester Hooper and trainee search dog Izzy spent the
weekend training with Search And Rescue Dog Association (Wales).
Part of the training included a joint exercise with Ogwen Valley
Mountain Rescue Team who are one of the busiest teams in the country.
Friday 9 May: Thelwall scouts
Tonight team members Anthony Horrigan and Richard Jones took 'Kate'
(one of our Land Rover Defender 4x4 ambulances to Thelwall Scouts to
give a talk about and demonstration of the work we do.
Thursday 8 – Tuesday 13 May: Moving home, part 1
For many years United Utilities have provided the team with a base that housed our vehicles and equipment and although the site that it is on has been slowly demolished around us they have extended our free of charge lease numerous times.
Thursday 8 May: Donation
are kindly donating £3000 to the team; we will update the news with what we decide to purchase soon. Special thanks to Kate Ravenscroft.
Tuesday 6 May: Training
Tonight's training was a search exercise in Macclesfield Forest. We
were joined by members of Merseyside Search and Rescue who shadowed
our search manager and party leaders.
Monday 5 May: Call-out
We were called out by Cheshire police at 14:50 to search for two missing ten year old boys in Delamere Forest. 28 members were en route, with the first arriving on scene within ten minutes, when we were stood down as thankfully they had been found by forest rangers.
Monday 5 May: Stand-by
We were contacted at 02:30 by Cheshire police to check availability for a search that may have started later in the morning after police had made further enquiries.
Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 May: Call-out
We were called out by
West Midlands Search and Rescue Team
to assist them in the search for a missing 71 year old male in the Wem area.
Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 May: Swift Water Rescue training
Training lead Mark Clayton and Deputy Team Leader Mark Simpson attended the first of two weekends Swift Water Rescue course to add to the teams water rescue capabilities.
Thursday 1 May: Fundraising
Some of our members were at Morrisons in Widnes raising funds for the team while helping customers to pack their bags and talking about our work.
Tuesday 29 April: Training
Tonight's training was an introduction to searching around water and a throw line practice session on dry land and in the water. Members spend hours and hours a year practicing to throw ropes accurately so that they will be effective in a rescue situation.
Tuesday 22 April: Training
Tonight's session was a search exercise with trainee Party Leaders concentrating on incident scene management. Each team 'found' a young boy with severe injuries which built on last weeks paediatric training session.
Tuesday 15 April: Training
Tonight's training was steep ground rescue refresher training for existing members and an introduction to it for new members.
Tuesday 15 April: Meetings with CEVAC and CFRS
Today we attended the Cheshire Emergency Voluntary Agencies Committee (CEVAC) meeting at Cheshire police's headquarters in Winsford.
Saturday 12 April: Fundraising bag pack
Today members were at Morrisons in Warrington packing bags for customers and talking about the work that we do to raise essential funds for the team.
Tuesday 8 April: Paediatric Care Training
Tonight, Rob Heaton, one of the team's paramedics delivered a presentation on paediatric care at Chester University. The team then split into two groups for practical sessions, one led by Rob and the other by team member Sean Baker who is part of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Chester University.
Monday 7 April: Committee meeting
Tonight the committee met at our Knutsford office for which Tatton Estates have extremely generously donated the rent for the second year running.
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 April: First Aid Cover
The weekend of 4-6 April was a really busy one for the team, but important in terms of our fundraising and raising awareness of our work around the county. We regularly meet people who assume that we receive government funding, and that team members are full time and paid - which couldn't be further from the truth.
Tuesday 1 April: AGM at the deanwater hotel wilmslow
The team's annual general meeting was generously hosted by the beautiful Deanwater Hotel in Wilmslow. The hotel supplied a large room, tea and coffee and then a meal for all members and we would like to sincerely thank them for this and their ongoing support.
Monday 31 March: Call-out
We were called out by Bolton Mountain Rescue Team in the afternoon to assist in the search for a missing male in the Worsley and Eccles area of Manchester. The search continued into the evening and the next day.
Monday 31 March: Talk
Team members Rick Lane and Stuart Clarke visited 5th Wilmslow Scout group to give a talk about the work that the team does. They also gave a hands on demonstration about our medical and rescue equipment and ran a search exercise.
Monday 31 March: Donation
We received two large boxes today from
and found inside two full sets of LED lights for our Landrover 4x4 ambulances.
Sunday 30 March: Meeting with the Scouts
Team member Rachel Smith attended the planning meeting for the Scouts Cheshire Hike for which we will be providing medical rescue cover next weekend. Please check back next week for more details.
Saturday 29 March: Huge donation from Tatton Estate
For the second year running Monkton Properties which is part of Tatton Estate have donated the rent for an office in Knutsford.
Saturday 29 March: Mayor of Knutsford Charity Ball
Not only were we honoured to be invited to this event but as one of
Knutsford Mayor Barbara Coan's two chosen charities of the year we
are thrilled that half of the funds raised will go directly to fund the team's valuable work.
Friday 28 March: First aid teaching
Team members Rachel Smith and Sean Baker visited Frodsham Scouts this evening to teach basic first aid.
Friday 28 – Sunday 30 March: Track and Clue Awareness course with SARIUK
Team members Ester and Fabrice went to the new
Track and Clue Awareness (TCA) course, which focused on enhancing perceptions of sometimes
nearly-invisible changes in the terrain and vegetation in order to locate
a missing person's track.
Friday 28 March: Donation
We were delighted to receive a donation of £20 from the Probus Club of Lymm today who heard about the team from a talk delivered by one of the our biggest supporters who is by profession a Cheshire Police Search Adviser.
Thursday 27 March: Major Incident training
Two members were invited to attend Major Incident training run by North West Ambulance Service at the Army Ubique Barracks in Widness. We would like to offer our sincere thanks for what was a very informative session.
Tuesday 25 March: Presentation
Team members Barbara, Peter and Damian visited Hartford Scouts this
evening to talk about the work that we do and to demonstrate some of
the equipment that we use.
Monday 24 March: Donation
We were stunned to receive in the post today a further cheque from
the estate of the late Mary Dargue for £2,600.00. We would like to
sincerely thank Mrs Marion Taylor for nominating us as a beneficiary
of the discretionary trust for the second time.
Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 March: Call-out
We were called out to assist Cheshire police in the search for a missing
male in the Nantwich area. Team members searched all day Saturday alongside
police officers. On Sunday we were joined by our friends and colleagues
from North East Wales Search and Rescue
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 March: Search Dog Training
Team members Damian and Ester and trainee search dogs Skye and Izzy
were in Wales this weekend training with Search and Rescue Dog
Wales. Team member Lucy joined them to assist on the Saturday.
Wednesday 19 March: Availability request
At 21:54 we were asked by Cheshire police for availability
to search for a missing male. Thankfully whilst
preparations were being made and maps printed
the missing male was found safe and well.
Tuesday 18 March: Rescuing Mr Darcy
Today team members joined forces with Kinder Mountain Rescue Team and Glossop Mountain Rescue team to assist the National Trust with an unusual water 'rescue' at the stunning Lyme Park.
Tuesday 18 March: Training
Tonight's training was presentations on Health and Safety focusing on working at heights and awareness of poisonous plants and diseases that are a risk to team members.
Sunday 16 March: Stand-by
We were asked by our colleagues of
to assist for the search of a missing male in Worsley.
Tuesday 11 March: Training
Tonight some of our newer members were formally assessed
for their Bronze National Navigation Awards Scheme by qualified
Mountain Leader and Training Team member Barbara.
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 March: Search Technician course
This weekend we ran a residential Search Technician course for
8 of our new members and 7 members from Merseyside Search and Rescue.
Thursday 6 March: Call-out
We were called out at 15:55 by Cheshire police to search for a
missing male in Congleton. We searched alongside the police and
the Underwater Search and Marine Unit into the night.
Tuesday 4 March: Training
Tonight’s training was a search exercise at Runcorn Hill.
Tuesday 4 March: Meeting with Police Search Advisors
Three members of the committee met at the Knutsford
office with Cheshire Police Search Advisors for a
periodic meeting to discuss operational matters.
Monday 3 March: Committee meeting
Tonight the committee met for the monthly
planning meeting at the team office in Knutsford.
Tuesday 25 February: Training plans
Tonight the team met at our base in Warrington to
discuss the training plan for the next twelve months.
Sunday 23 February: Call-out
We were contacted by our friend and colleagues at North East Wales Search And Rescue (NEWSAR)
at 07:40 to assist in the search for a male just outside Wrexham.
NEWSAR had been searching overnight but needed greater numbers to search a wider area.
Friday 21 – Saturday 22 February: Training with Mid Pennine Mountain Rescue Teams
Team member Damian attended a training course run by
Mid Pennine Mountain Rescue teams and acted as a casualty.
The weekend included lectures on Sarcall, Search Dogs, Water Rescue,
Search Management and Tracking.
Wednesday 19 February: Warrington Walkers Club
Team members Anthony Horrigan and Richard Wiffen visited
Warrington Walkers Club to give a presentation about the team and the work that we do.
Tuesday 18 February: Training
Tonight's training was an introduction to search skills for
our newer members whilst trainee search dog Izzy and handler Ester
searched for three 'missing' people.
Sunday 16 February: Flood assistance standby
We were asked by Surrey Search and Rescue
for availability to assist with the floods between
Wednesday and Friday as the forecast was for more rain.
Saturday 15 February: Call-out
At 01:10 hrs we are asked by Bolton MRT's Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE
to assist Rossendale & Pendle MRT with an urgent search for a missing
13 year old boy in the Blackburn area.
Saturday 15 February: Flood assistance
On Friday 14th February (Valentine's Day) 7 team members traveled down
to Surrey to assist Surrey Search and Rescue and the emergency services
the following day. All are Flood First Responder and Basic Trauma and Critical
Care trained and went with specialist flood rescue equipment, medical equipment and 4x4 vehicles.
Saturday 15 February: Fundraising event
Today team members are packing bags at Morrisons in Middlewich to raise funds.
Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 February: Search dog training
This weekend Ester and trainee search dog Izzy spent the weekend training with SARDA Wales.
Friday 14 February: Flood assistance
Today 7 team members are heading down to Surrey to assist
Surrey Search and Rescue and the emergency services.
All are Flood First Responder and Basic Trauma and Critical Care
trained and will be deploying with specialist flood rescue equipment,
medical equipment and 4x4 vehicles.
Wednesday 12 February: Standby for flood assistance
We were contacted today by Surrey Search and Rescue to request our assistance
to help in the floods in the south of the country at the weekend.
We have Flood First Responder trained members (who are also Basic
Trauma and Critical Care trained) ready to deploy if required with flood and medical equipment.
Tuesday 11 February: Training
Tuesdays training was navigation and communications for our
probationary members. All vehicles were packed and ready to
go at a moment's notice as we were on standby to assist the police
in the snow on the hills around Macclesfield.
Tuesday 11 February: Severe Weather Assistance
The team is currently on standby to provide assistance to the police in the
hills around Macclesfield due to periodic snowfall.
Thursday 6 February: Multi agency training
Tonight team member Luci went to "body" for a Coastguard
search training session along with a number of trainee dog handlers
from SARDA Wales. It was a joint exercise between the Rhyl,
Llandudno and Flint Coastguard teams and involved the scenario of
a stolen car and four missing people who were dotted around
Rhyl Golf Course. Luci was located in a concrete pipe
'suffering from hypothermia' and conveniently happened to
go unconscious as they tried to extricate her!
Wednesday 5 February: Call-out
At 15:13 we were called out by Cheshire police to assist in the search
for a missing person due to concern for their welfare.
Tuesday 4 February: Training
Tonight's training session started with the brief that a
plane had crashed in Delamere forest and there were six passengers
that were still missing in a section of dense woodland.
Monday 3 February: Executive committee meeting
Tonight the executive committee met at our Knutsford office
for the monthly planning meeting.
Saturday 1 February: Search dog training
Four team members 'bodied' for trainee search dog Izzy and her handler Ester today.
This involves members hiding out of view so that a search dog can train to locate
a missing person by scent alone. Our trainee search dog handlers are also
members of SARDA Wales and more information is available at
Tuesday 28 January: Training
Training this week was a full search exercise in the depths
of Delamere Forest, providing a great opportunity for team members
to put a whole raft of skills into play.
Monday 27 January: Training planning
Tonight the training team met at our Knutsford office to plan
the next block of weekly and periodic weekend training sessions.
Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 January: Team Leader seminar with NWMRA
We were honoured to be invited by
North Wales Mountain Rescue Association
to a Team Leader, Trainee Team Leader and Coordinators Seminar weekend at Plas Y Brenin.
We were made to feel most welcome and it was great to see teams working together
solely in the interests of missing and injured people.
Friday 24 January: Swift water training with Cheshire Fire and Rescue
We were delighted to have been invited by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to join them
in one of their swift water training sessions in the river Mersey.
Saturday 18 January: Spot pick up
Today team members Mark Clayton (Training Lead),
Jim Oliver and Pete Taylor (the team's two Search Technician Assessors and trainers)
were at Delamere Forest in one of our 4x4 ambulance Land Rover Defenders
making final preparations for a large search exercise that will be run
at the end of the month for the team, ten new members first session and representatives
of Merseyside Search and Rescue Team.
Tuesday 14 January: Training
Tonight's training was a very rainy search exercise
at Anderton Nature Park focusing on risk assessment and safe approach.
Friday 10 January: Best wishes for the future
Team member Dave McClure has retired from the
team after nine years of exemplary service. Dave
has held almost every post in CSAR at some stage
of his career including Training and Medical Lead and
Team Leader. All members would like to express their
sincere gratitude for his devotion and input over
the years and wish him all the very best for the future.
Thursday 9 January: Call-out
We were called out by Cheshire police to search for a missing male
in Langley on the edge of Macclesfield Forest. We called our
friends and colleagues at
Kinder Mountain Rescue Team
(KMRT) to ask for assistance and within a short period of time 20 Cheshire
and 21 KMRT members were on scene with more on the way.
Tuesday 7 January: Training
Tonight's training was at our base at Dawson House, which our long term supporters United Utilities let us use. Team member and HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) Paramedic Ester delivered presentations and ran exercises on major incidents, triage and chemically assisted suicide.
Monday 6 January: Executive committee meeting
This evening the teams management committee met at our Knutsford Office (rent for which was generously paid for by Tatton Estates) for their monthly meeting.
Saturday 4 January: Call-out
We were asked for assistance by Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team to search for a missing six year old boy.
Friday 3 January: Call-out
We were called today at 10:21 by North East Wales Search and Rescue Team (NEWSAR) and put on standby to assist in the potential evacuation of flooded homes in Wales. Fortunately the floodwater wasn't as bad as predicted and we were not required and were stood down at 15:30. More...