Sussex Search and Rescue 10th birthday

SusSAR team
SusSAR team

THE SUSSEX Search and Rescue team (SusSAR) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, 2012/13.

SusSAR is the primary volunteer resource used by Sussex Police to search for and rescue vulnerable missing people.

They are on call 24 hours every day thoughout the year.

Colin Watson, one of the SusSAR volunteers, said: “We are a 100 per cent volunteer organisation.

“Our members give their time free of charge and expect nothing in return but satisfaction from a job well done.

“We exist purely to serve the community of Sussex, through the good will of our members and charitable donations.

“We can be called out by Sussex Police, or by Search and Rescue teams in other counties, requesting our assistance.”

This past year SusSAR was called out an impressive 36 times across the county.

Mr Watson added: “The times of a callout vary, as do the days of the week.

“We have even received callouts at midnight on Christmas Day 2011 and New Years Day 2012, both of which were attended by a large proportion of our team.”

The Sussex Police Deputy Chief Constable, Giles York, recognised the hard work of all the team by giving them a special award for their efforts.

Deputy Chief Const York presented the teaw with a Sussex Police Operations Department Award in recognition of ‘assistance to Sussex Police and the community in searching for vulnerable missing persons’.

SusSAR is fundraising and two of the team are going on a ski-trek adventure in the Arctic Norway next February, 2012.

It is also one of four official charity partners for the 2013 Brighton Marathon. If you would like to run for the charity visit: www.sussar.org.

The team will also have stands at various shows across the county, including the Eastbourne 999 show, The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum show and The Findon Sheep Fair.

Find SusSAR on Twitter and Facebook.