Operational Roles

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Becoming a Search Technician is also an alternative outlet for outdoor skills, with many callouts involving advanced navigation, tracking and bike skills. As part of the probationary membership process, you will receive training in navigation, first aid and water safety. Following qualification as a search technician there are then further opportunities to progress within the team; we have a water rescue team and a bike team as well as more advanced roles in team leading, search managing and search planning.

There is no glamour in any form of search & rescue, and we would not wish to recruit anyone who wanted to join with this as their aim. The work is always sensitive and can also be traumatic on occasions.

You need to be a genuine team player with a good sense of collective responsibility, e.g. appreciating that as a unit member your personal behaviour outside of the team (e.g. on the hill etc.) can reflect back on the whole of the unit. When operational we work in the strictest confidence and with the greatest integrity. Frequently we will come under public scrutiny via the media.


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Support Roles

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If you don't want to become an operational member of the team there are still many ways that you can support us. We need help in all areas of running the team from fundraising through to administration.

Our support team members are highly valued and help us with fundraising and events and with specialist tasks such as accounting, vehicle/general maintenance and IT support. In addition to this support members may also attend classroom training sessions and learn new skills such as navigation and first aid; they sometimes are able to help us by hiding for us during search exercises.

Support members may join us at any time and will be invited to come and meet us at a classroom training session so that we can explain more about what is involved.


(but you can contact us and get your name on the waiting list)

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Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue Team
c/o Project Office, Moat House Annexe,
Arborfield, Berkshire, RG2 9LN

Email:  secretary@berkshirerescue.org.uk
Phone:  0300 321 0384
BLSAR is a UK registered charity no. 1046861
BLSAR is a member team of the Lowland Rescue