Our team members are all unpaid volunteers, being on call 24 hours a day 365 days of the year. We expect a professional standard of service from the team members and have a fully structured training and progression plan for all new members, as this is expected by the emergency services, other organisations and the public in general. By joining the team, you will be trained to a high standard and commence a probationary period. The probationary period is not fixed, but is rather based upon your attendance at team training events/meetings assisting with fundraising and events as well as live search participation. It will also be based on your performance as monitored by the Team Leaders as well as the other team members as a whole.
Membership is open to both men and women over the age of 18 years throughout Lincolnshire, all team members will train and respond side by side, regardless of any professional background. Please be aware that part of the membership process will include an enhanced DBS check.
As an organisation no payment is made for the services provided and to this end members cover their own expenses in addition to paying a yearly subscription. Upon successful completion of your training you will receive a Search and Rescue – Lincolnshire; ID badge and High Viz Jacket.
As a team we hold regular training sessions every month, some of which are practical (usually at a weekend) whilst others involve teams/zoom meetings (usually no more than 1 a month and on a weekday evening). On top of this a yearly re-accreditation assessment is completed by all operational team members.
During both callouts and training exercises, you will experience all that the British weather can throw at you. You will get hot, wet, cold, suffer inconvenience and face challenging situations as no search call out is ever the same. Your welfare and that of others will depend on the skills you will acquire and your ability to work as part of a team.
Our non-operational team members are highly valued and help support our operational team members.
As a support member you are still a welcome part of the SAR family and will be involved at the heart of the organisation.
Non-operational membership is also open to both men and women over the age of 18 years, throughout Lincolnshire and these members assist in all the behind the scenes aspects of the team.
This class of membership helps the operational team members with fundraising, PR exhibitions, social events etc. This is a vital role that actually keeps the team operating, funded and equipped.
Non-operational support members may also attend classroom training sessions, help by hiding for us during search exercises, learning new skills such as safeguarding, first aid, communications, navigation etc.
You will still be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check as you will be handling funds and attending meetings where valuable items will be present. Also by holding a DBS we will be able to involve you in activities also undertaken by our partner agencies assisting in times of community emergency in roles that do not actually require you to attend an actual search.
Support members may join us at any time and will be invited to come and meet us at a classroom training session.
Should you be interested in joining us, or helping with one of our support roles then we would very much like to hear from you. Contact our Membership Manager.