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Hampshire Search and 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?

Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR), a registered charity, is a Lowland Rescue team which provides professionally trained volunteers to assist the police with searches for vulnerable missing people (such as children or the elderly or despondent).

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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.