Sussex Search & Rescue (SusSAR) is one of many Lowland Search & Rescue units which exist across the country. We are affiliated to ALSAR (Association of Lowland Search & Rescue) who co-ordinate the county-based groups and set the training standards we have to adhere to.
As a 100% volunteer organisation our members give their time free of charge and expect nothing in return but satisfaction from a job well done. We exist to serve the community of Sussex through the goodwill of our members and charitable donations.
We can be called out by Sussex Police and neighbouring units at any time day or night. Our team are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year whatever the weather.
We dedicate our time to help the people of Sussex that
need us the most when their loved ones go missing.
We are professionally trained and qualified to high
standards, and are a vital volunteer resource to
Since 2008, SusSAR has helped save numerous missing
people, right across the county.
Most callouts are to search for vulnerable missing people such as the elderly, dementia sufferers, despondents, children and anyone else deemed to be a high risk. Our task is to locate them once given a briefing by the police, and to return them to a place of safety.
Our team train at least twice a month, in order to keep up the high standards and professionalism required by Sussex Police and ALSAR. Members are qualified in search techniques, first aid, navigation, tracking, bike searching, water safety, communications, search planning and management. Being an operational member of the team requires a high level of commitment, not only in terms of time, but also money as, very unfortunately, with limited resources we are not able to pay expenses. Volunteers are also required to assist with valuable fundraising which helps to keep the unit running.
We would be happy to hear from you if you want to consider Joining Us