Who can join SusSAR?
If you have a love of the outdoors and can set aside the time to train, fundraise and attend callouts then we’d love to hear from you. You must be 18 years old and be able to walk 5 miles in 2 hours. This fitness check is assessed for all members annually.
All potential members will undergo an enhanced DBS vetting check via Sussex police. This process is repeated during your membership of the team.
How often do you get called out?
Last year we were called out over 40 times by either Sussex Police or other Search and Rescue teams in nearby counties. Somtimes we can get called out 3 times in one weekend, while also having a key fundraising event to attend.
Callouts can come day or night, weekdays or weekends. More often than not our callouts tend to occur in the evening or overnight, so please consider this when deciding if you feel you can contribute the commitment required in being a member of the team.
How long do you search for?
The length of a search will depend on the circumstances, weather and terrain but will usually last around 4-6 hours, however this could extend up to 8 hours.
Do you have to be fit to search?
As mentioned, you need to be able to walk 5 miles in 2 hours, so do need a good general level of fitness, as you could be out searching over difficult terrain at 2am in the middle of winter. In Sussex we have very varying terrain (the Downs particularly can be very steep), so you should consider this if you are thinking of volunteering your time.
Would I have to attend every search and training session?
We ask that you only join SusSAR if you can commit to attending regular training, fundraising events and searches. Occasionally you may not be available and we understand that but you should strive to attend whenever possible. You might want to discuss with your employer as to whether you can leave work to attend a search callout that occurs in work time.
Do you provide transport to searches?
Team members have to provide their own transport to training & callouts, although car sharing is encouraged. We cannot refund expenses such as fuel costs. You will also need to check with your insurance company to see if you are covered for travel while volunteering with us.
Interested in Joining Us ? Please Contact Us if you have any more questions or need more information.