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News 2016

Sunday 18 December: Fundraising

Today, team members are fundraising at Morrisons in Congleton.

Wednesday 14 December: Training

Our final training session of 2016 is being held at our friends North East Wales Search and Rescue's base over in Loggerheads with a special trainer for the evening Mr Mick Morris of the RAF Mountain Rescue Team. Mick has a wealth of knowledge regarding aviation crash sites and team members were gratefully invited to the joint training session to gain some valuable experience, just in case we are ever needed.

Saturday 26 November: Fundraising

Team members are at the Christmas Extravaganza and lights switch on in Northwich.

Saturday 26 November: Fundraising

Today the team are bag packing at Tesco's on Winiwick Road in Warrington.

Wednesday 23 November: Presentation

Team members attended Warrington Collegiate today to give a presentation of the work we undertake for the emergency services and for a look around one of our response vehicles.

Saturday 19 November: Search dog call-out

Team member Damian and scent specific search dog Skye have been called away from the Search Technician Course for a missing person Search in Halifax.

Friday 18 – Sunday 20 November: Search Technician course

This year's Search Technicians Course has 25 candidates from our own team and our good friends from Monsar. Putting a course like this together takes hours of preparation and team members to run skill stations and scenarios over the weekend, from early morning to late at night so a huge thank you to all of the faculty. The grub was amazing, as always, and that's down to team treasurer and masterchef Di Hill and her wonderful assistants. Finally, this was the first ever presentation of the Richard Jones Memorial Award, who is still sadly missed and always in our thoughts. The winner of the award was new team member Adam Musa for best candidate and also for the qualities that he demonstrated over the weekend that were so similar to those that Richard brought to the team.

Saturday 12 November: New search dog!

The eagerly awaited news from Damian and Skye's assessment is in: Skye has now become a qualified search dog for SARDA Wales! The work Damian has put in over the past couple of years to get Skye ready for her assessment shouldn't be understated and we're all very proud of them both and their navigator Alan.

Saturday 12 November: Medical cover

Team members are providing medical cover at today's Lyme Ultra Event.

Sunday 6 November: Fundraising

Team members were at Marks and Spencer's Gemini yesterday and raised £630 packing shopping for customers. Many thanks to the customers and team members who gave up another day to raise vital lifesaving funds.

Sunday 30 October: Medical cover

Team members are providing medical cover today for the Fire Fighters Charity in Llandegla with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Saturday 22 October: Fundraising

We have team members and our trainee search dog Isla raising much needed funds at Marks and Spencer's Gemini until 4pm tomorrow.

Saturday 22 October: Community Engagement

The team is today staring with a work party at The Friends of the Moor in Knutsford with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and Cheshire Police helping to clear the park and water for the local community.

Tuesday 18 October: Training

Team training this evening was a wet search exercise in Alderley Edge. We practised sectoring areas and using marking tools to effectively keep a clear defined boundary to the area searched and critical separation between searchers. We hope that our new members enjoyed their first training session.

Monday 17 October: Call-out

We were called out via SARCALL from Bolton Mountain Rescue to assist in a search for a high risk male in the Blackburn area run by Rossendale and Pendle Mountain rescue. More...

Saturday 15 October: Medical and safety cover for Hellrunner: Hell Up North

For the sixth consecutive year, Cheshire Search and Rescue provided medical and safety cover for the Brooks Hellrunner in Delamere Forest. More...

Tuesday 4 October: Training

Tonight's training session is being held in Delamere Forest and covers stretcher work over uneven and steep ground utilising different hauling methods.

Wednesday 28 September: Vehicle stationed at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Wilmslow

Today is a very special day for us as it marks one of the team's vehicles being stationed at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Wilmslow Station. This will greatly improve our response times by having a fully equipped vehicle in a central location, available to access 24 hours a day.

Tuesday 27 September: Training

Tonight team members were trained in the use of the analgesic Penthrox. They are now authorised to administer it when a casualty is in moderate to severe pain. Each of our RTACC response bags will contain two complete units of Penthrox thanks to Dr Mark Forrest.

Friday 23 September: Call-out

We were called out by Bolton MRT on Friday to assist GMP and Bolton MRT in looking for a high risk female who had been missing since Wednesday afternoon. More...

Tuesday 20 September: Training

Team training tonight is a back to basics search exercise, in the dark and includes sub-sectoring areas to ensure all of the area is searched. We use various techniques for this, including the use of reflective markers to clearly track progress and move through the area.

Thursday 15 September: CSAR Volunteers of the Year!

WE DID IT!! Extremely proud and honoured for the whole team to receive this amazing award from Cheshire Police for Volunteers of the Year. All 60 of us thank you for this award and the fantastic support of Cheshire Police.

Sunday 11 September: Cheshire Fire and Rescue open day

Team members are at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Knutsford Station today for the annual open day.

Saturday 10 September: Fundraising

Another busy weekend of fundraising and community engagement starting with medical cover at the Delamere 5k Relay.

Tuesday 30 August: Training

Team training this evening is RTACC medical skill stations to maintain our CPD and to practise these basic life saving skills that can really make a difference.

Wednesday 24 August: Talk

Team member and trustee Rachel Smith has been busy this week and has just returned home after giving a talk at the Hospice Of The Good Shepherd. Many thanks for your wonderful donation and thanks for attending.

Saturday 20 August: Fundraising

Today some of our members are bag packing at Marks and Spencer's Gemini to raise much needed funds for the team!

Saturday 20 August: Call-out

A call out was issued to assist Bolton MRT in the search for a high-risk missing person. Thankfully, the missing person was located quickly and we were stood down.

Tuesday 16 August: Training

Tonight's training is a navigation exercise at Marbury Park. This is a skill we practise often and we are also able to deliver NNAS courses as we have registered instructors on the team.

Wednesday 10 August:

We at Cheshire Search and Rescue were shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of the Duke of Westminster. He was an ardent supporter of the team and we all had a deep affection for him and the support he gave to the team. More...

Wednesday 27 July: Call-outs

Wednesday 27 July has been one of the busiest days in the history of the team. In less than 4 hours we were called out three times, all to different locations. More...

Wednesday 27 July: Call-out

Cheshire Police requested immediate support in Wilmslow where a 3 year old child had gone missing. Team members already on the ground in Crewe redeployed straight away and CSAR requested assistant from colleagues at the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation who were en route. Just as the first Search Party was leaving the car park, we heard the fantastic news that the child had made his own way home (minus shoes and socks!) and was safe and well.

Wednesday 27 July: Call-out

At approximately 11.13 the team was contacted by our colleagues at Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) who were assisting Greater Manchester Police with the search for a missing 41 year old female in the Hindley area. While BMRT were mustering at the rendezvous point, and members of Cheshire Search and Rescue team were en route, the missing person was found safe and well and all resources stood down.

Wednesday 27 – Thursday 28 July: Call-out

The second call of the day came at 12.59 and saw team members immediately deploy to the Crewe area to search for a missing 36 year old male. An initial area search around the rendezvous point had been completed when the team were retasked to a more urgent call in Wilmslow. Once that call had been completed, the team returned to Crewe to continue the search until dark. More...

Tuesday 26 July: Training night

Tonight's training is at the Deanwater hotel and is Major Aviation Incident Planning and Safety for Air Accident Responder's.

Saturday 23 July: Fundraising

Huge thanks to the staff and customers of Marks & Spencer Gemini who helped to raise £35200 over the last 12 months as their Charity of the Year.

Sunday 17 July: Anniversary of Bosley Mill disaster

Sunday 17th July 2016 is the first anniversary of the Bosley Mill disaster. At 09:10 all team members will be alerted with our call out system and observe a minute's silence to reflect on the tragic event and also as a gesture of respect to everyone that was affected.

Saturday 16 July: Search Dog Training and First Aid cover

Another very busy weekend for team members starting with three volunteers training with Sarda Wales today and medical cover for the Commando Run and the Cheshire Half Marathon tomorrow. We're still on call if you need us though.

Tuesday 12 July: Training night

This evening we had the pleasure to attend Cheshire Police Stockton Heath station for a very informative training evening and presentation by the Cheshire Coroner Mr Nicholas Leslie Rheinberg. An excellent evening and an insight into the complex work that the Coroner undertakes and where we may possibly be called upon to attend and give evidence.

Wednesday 6 July: New logo!

Over the last few months the team have been working with brand agency Creative Spark to design a new logo for the team. The brief was that it should use the Cheshire’s county emblem, be in the county colours of yellow and blue and incorporate the white cross which has become synonymous with Search and Rescue. More...

Tuesday 5 July: Training

Training tonight is a search exercise in sunny Northwich. We train regularly to ensure our skills don't fade as search is what we specialise in. We never know when we will be called by Cheshire Police so we need to be ready to respond.

Saturday 2 July: Blacon Festival

Team members are at the Blacon Festival today, call in and say hello if you're nearby and have a chat with team members.

Tuesday 28 June: Training

Annual fitness test!

Saturday 25 June: North West Ambulance

Huge thanks to the North West Ambulance Service for granting team members to go on shift with their paramedics and technicians to see what a typical day involves. We're fortunate to have quite a few of these heroes in green on the team, extraordinary, dedicated and caring professionals and a true credit to the service.

Saturday 25 June: Fundraising

Another busy Saturday for the team with the annual Goostrey Village Rose Day and also some of our dog team are out and about with team members acting as 'bodies' for them to make the training as realistic as possible for our furry team members.

Tuesday 21 June: Training

Team training this evening is a water refresher on the health and safety issues associated with water operations, kit familiarisation, throw line practice and methods.

Sunday 19 June: Fundraising

A very busy day for team members who are at the Party On The Carrs and the Northwich Running Festival.

Wednesday 15 June: Call-out

After a damp and bitey training session in Delamere, at 01:00hrs the Team were called by Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) to assist with the search of missing elderly male (82) who had walked out of his home yesterday afternoon, just before 17:00hrs, with a serious concern for his welfare. More...

Sunday 12 June: First aid cover

Members of team are providing first aid cover the Pedal Power event.

Sunday 12 June: Presentation

Presentation of our work to the Methodist Church in Frodsham who have kindly adopted us as their chosen charity.

Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 June: Swiftwater Rescue Technician course

The team now has six more qualified Swiftwater Rescue Technicians, professionally trained by our very own team member Robert Price.

Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 June: Call-out

We were called out by Cheshire police on 7th of June at 12:20 to search for a 14 year old girl missing from home near Oulton Park. 42 members searched alongside police officers until just after midnight when members were stood down whilst plans were formulated for the following day. More...

Monday 6 June: Meeting

June's CSAR Executive Meeting.

Monday 30 May: Bag packing

Huge thanks to the wonderful customers of Marks and Spencer Gemini who donated a fantastic £355 yesterday.

Tuesday 24 May: Presentation

Tonight, team member Anthony is a guest at the Round Table of Warrington, talking about the work we conduct on behalf of Cheshire Police.

Tuesday 17 May: Call-out

We were called at 1415 hrs by Cheshire Police asking us for an immediate call-out to Delamere, to search for a missing woman who had last been seen at home at 0900 hrs the previous day. More...

Saturday 14 May: Call-out

The team was called out at 1018 hrs to search for a missing girl in Oulton Park. Thankfully, the girl was found quickly and the team was stood down at 10:53.

Tuesday 10 May: Training

At tonight's training in Delamere Forest we were joined by Cheshire Police Chief Constable Simon Byrne. It was a great evening demonstrating what we can do to assist the fantastic Cheshire Constabulary and to demonstrate some of the specialist skills we can use to help in an emergency.

Sunday 8 May: RTC

On the way home from the call-out, team members witnessed an RTC. Seven members treated an adult and child for suspected C-spine injuries and also controlled the scene until they handed over to the police and NWAS.

Sunday 8 May: Call-out

We were called by Bolton Mountain Rescue Team to assist in a search for a female missing in Wythenshawe and upon arrival found that there was also a missing (unrelated) male. More...

Saturday 7 May: First aid cover

Team members are covering the fantastic Sandstone Trail event again today.

Tuesday 3 May: Training

Tonight's training is at Chester University's Warrington Campus and is a refresher on water safety. The last time we were tasked with assisting at a water incident was Boxing Day in Manchester and the training proved vital in helping evacuate people.

Wednesday 20 April: Donation

Completely out of the blue we received a fantastic letter and donation from the Bosley Mill Disaster Appeal Team today as a way of thanking the team for our involvement following the tragic explosion at the site. This donation will be used towards a new control vehicle to ensure that it helps others in the future.

Tuesday 19 April: Training

Team training tonight is Casualty Scene Management held in Runcorn. This is practised quite regularly to ensure that team members know exactly what is expected of them should we have to assist a casualty and ensures that the best possible care is given in conjunction with our RTACC protocols. A staged and managed approach is used to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved for the casualty.

Monday 18 April: Call-out

We were called out at 14:30 to assist Cheshire police to search for a missing male as they were concerned for his welfare. We were stood down at 17:49 as the male was found.

Saturday 9 April: Call out

We were contacted at 06:30 by Cheshire police to assist in the search for a missing 3 year old child. More...

Sunday 3 April: Call out

We were called out at 02:20 by Cheshire police to assist them to search for a missing man at Delamere Forest. More...

Tuesday 22 March: Training

Team training this evening is a search exercise at Moore Nature Reserve and we are joined by our friends from Merseyside Search and Rescue team.

Saturday 19 March: Fundraising

Today is our penultimate fundraising bag pack at Marks and Spencer Gemini. Why not pop in and say hello to us and donate to help us to fund a much needed control vehicle?

Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 March: RTACC weekend

A full on weekend with a two day RTACC (Rescue Trauma And Critical Care) course being kindly hosted at the Deanwater Hotel, and also kindly instructed by some of the teams Health Care Professionals. That's over 30 people giving up their time to be ready to help at a moments notice.

Saturday 12 March: Call-out

We were called out at 22:30 to assist Cheshire police search for a missing person but were stood down at 23:47 as they had been found.

Tuesday 8 March: Training

Team training tonight at the Wizard in Alderley Edge. Difficult and varying terrain which is perfect for tonight's search techniques refresher.

Monday 7 March: Executive meeting

Tonight is this month's exec meeting where we are joined by three team trustees along with the full exec team.

Thursday 3 March: Presentation

Team members are at the Inner Wheel in Crewe this evening with a short presentation about the work we undertake. Many thanks for the invitation.

Tuesday 1 March: Training

Tonight's training is back to basics with a review of Search Techniques. For our latest intake of new members it is their first introduction to the skills they'll learn and develop over the next few months, and for older members it was a great refresher to keep knowledge current and up to date.

Sunday 28 February: Fundraising

Team members are at Marks and Spencer Gemini today raising much needed funds for the team. If you're out and about please call in and say hello.

Friday 12 February: Fundraising

Our term as the official Marks & Spencer Warrington Gemini 'Charity of the Year' comes to an end very soon and team members are back in store tomorrow packing people's shopping for a small donation. Please help us to finish this amazing year with a big push to raise as much as we can. Thanks!

Saturday 6 February: Presentation

Many thanks to the Uniting Church in Chester for inviting John and Mark to their meeting this morning to tell them about the work we undertake for Cheshire Police.

Wednesday 27 January – Monday 1 February: Call-out

We were called out by Cheshire police to assist with the search for Roy Tomlinson in Nantwich. More...

Tuesday 12 January: Donation

Deputy Team Leader Mark Susca was invited back to Wilmslow Dean Rotary Club’s evening meeting, at The Deanwater Hotel following on from a presentation the Team gave before Christmas. More...

Saturday 9 January: Mapyx software training

Many thanks to Mapyx for the excellent MX Response training course today for our search managers in preparation for going live next week. An excellent course, expertly delivered! Special thanks also to The Deanwater Hotel for hosting the course for us, free of charge, yet again.

Saturday 9 January: Navigation training and assessment

Some team members were out and about today on their Silver NNAS training and assessment.

Saturday 9 January: Fundraising

The amazing customer's of Marks and Spencer once again donated the fantastic amount of £465 today to our team of "professional bag packers". Another surprise was in store for us when we received a cheque for £3450 from the in store charity team that they had raised themselves behind the scenes! We're nearly at the end of our term as their Charity of the Year and it's been amazing for us so far, we've really made a huge dent into the money we need to raise for a new control vehicle.

Friday 8 January: Donation

We're very happy to have received a cheque from Waitrose in Alderley Edge for £409 today. Many thanks to the fantastic customers and store for donating this money to the team.

Tuesday 5 January: Executive meeting

First executive meeting of the year... Lots to discuss for the coming year.

Saturday 2 January: Happy new year!

Team members really made 2015 the best and busiest year yet in the history of the team. We attended 35 callouts and joint callouts with our colleagues from Cheshire Police and Mountain Rescue, 83 training exercises and meetings not to mention various courses throughout the year to ensure that we are always current with our extensive professional qualifications. We also attended 151 fundraising and community engagement events to support local volunteer groups within Cheshire. Most staggering of all was the 16,385 hours that team members gave up, away from their families, to support the team and to respond to calls for help. Thank you all for your amazing support over the past 12 months and don't forget we're here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.