Hampshire Search & Rescue

Search and rescue is not just the domain of helicopters and Mountain Rescue teams. Did you know that Hampshire has its own Search and Rescue team?

HANTSAR are available for callouts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, whatever the weather and are equipped with a control vehicle, a support van and the necessary computer and communications equipment to run an effective search Once the police initiate a callout, the volunteers head out to a rendezvous point where the command post is set up.

Skilled Search Planners will decide which areas need to be searched and which have highest priority which takes into account missing person behaviour statistics as well as personal information about the person who is missing. The volunteers are then deployed in teams to commence the search.

HANTSAR receive no external funding and are totally dependent on donations for their running costs and hold regular collection days and fundraising events.

Don't just take our word for it

Our partnership with BIU has given us the financial ability to purchase a replacement Land Rover well ahead of the anticipated date. Through the clothing donations into the textile collection banks located throughout Hampshire we again have the additional off-road capability, so important in the work we do. The support given to us by BIU was, and continues to be, invaluable and the ultimate beneficiary is the community as a whole.

Trevor Vidler, Public Profile Officer at Hampshire Search & Rescue.

Hampshire Search and Rescue were recently asked if we could help with emergency 4x4 cover in North Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and part of Berkshire where heavy snow falls were expected. Based in Swindon along with several other LR team Landrovers they would be required to collect, deliver and assist in getting emergency medical staff to their places of work or anywhere else they were needed. Our newly acquired (with great help from BIU) Landrover fitted the bill perfectly. Most 4x4s are good but nothing beats a Landrover Defender when the going is really tough

Tony Privet – Chairman