West Midlands Search and Rescue is a voluntary search and rescue organisation, working alongside West Mercia Constabulary, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service.The organisation responds to calls from any of the emergency services when required day or night. Actioning is normally through pager response from the emergency services.Non 999 requests for assistance can be made direct, the number can be found on the WMSAR website.
WMSAR is a registered charity and its purpose is to provide back-up personnel to the official Emergency Services in a range of situations, including in particular searches for missing persons, and support at public events and during times of adverse weather conditions, natural disaster or civil emergency. WMSAR is also a member of the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue(ALSAR), an organisation with more than 900 members nationwide providing assistance to Police authorities in searches for missing persons. WMSAR is also a member of the West Mercia Local Resillience Forum County Volunteer Emergency Committee (CVEC).
WMSAR aims to provide teams of volunteers who have the required skills, experience and local knowledge, as well as the necessary equipment and communications facilities, to be able to be of genuine assistance to the official Emergency Services. It will provide this service at any time of the day or night, without charge, in any situation where one of the official Emergency Services or other approved organisation decides that their efforts would benefit from the kind of support that WMSAR can offer.
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