“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them….maybe you can hire The A-Team.”
Ok. So they might not quite be Hannibal, Faceman and Murdoch, but across the country there are a group of highly trained individuals that assist the emergency services in specialist rescues and missing people searches.
Whilst Mountain Rescue and the Coastguard are well known, the Lowland Rescue teams across the country aren’t so well known.
In December 2016, when moving to Staffordshire, I decided it was time to get back involved in something that had been on a back burner for a few years. Volunteering in our local Search and Rescue team.
In our times of austerity, we all recognize that police and fire service numbers have been cut back and this was seen around 15-20 years ago, when charitable organisations across the country were formed to support the emergency services, with a team of trained, professional and qualified people to help in times of emergency.
Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team, is one of the Lowland Rescue charities across the country that plays such a role. SSART is made up of a team of around 70 unpaid volunteers, who take part in everything from fundraising and PR/Events, through to active roles in search operations.