Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue team, CamSAR, is a member of Lowland Rescue. We align with Mountain Rescue, Cave Rescue, Coastguard (RNLI), Mines Rescue and other Search and Rescue services, and our area covers everywhere "From Hill to High Water".
As a Lowland Rescue team, we provide Cambridgeshire Constabulary with an emergency specially-trained team in the search for vulnerable missing persons. A vulnerable missing person could be a child, an elderly person suffering from dementia or even someone who is considering taking their own life. In each case, an emergency response is vital.
CamSAR is able to deploy various specialist resources including water-based search team, bike search teams and trackers. The team is also able to provide vital support to a search with its own radio communications, equipment, IT and mapping facilites and welfare support, making CamSAR completely self-sufficient.
In recognition of its work, CamSAR was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in July 2013.
All team members give their time and expertise completely free of charge. Not only are they committed to the training and callouts associated with Lowland Rescue, they are also responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the team. Team members bring day-to-day personal and work-associated skills to the team, such as communication and vehicle support, IT knowledge and medical skills that enhance team training. CamSAR is always ready to respond to whatever is asked of it, and its members are trained to cope with and manage any situation that might be thrown at them.
All team members are required to maintain a high level of preparedness through training. Techniques are practised regularly and members must keep up-to-date with new equipment and techniques. Exercises are held monthly, sometimes at night, and these are supplemented by regular fortnightly evening training sessions.
Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the team is equipped to reach even the farthest parts of the county within an hour. CamSAR responds to all callouts both within Cambridgeshire and in neighbouring counties to support sister Lowland Rescue teams.
How can you help?
Donation - Keeping our volunteer search technicians on the move, to do our vital work, relies on the generosity of our local community. Along with our specialist equipment, every team member undergoes constant training to keep their skills current for their role. It is your donations which make all the difference.
Volunteering - We have many roles on the team. If you're enthusiastic, a team player, dedicated and proactive and love the outdoors, we can find a place for you. We need people to take on responsibilities both in the operational team and the charity roles that keep us running.
Other ways to give - As well as direct donation, you can raise funds for CamSAR in many ways such as shopping online (www.easyfundraising.co.uk), recycling old phones and collecting used stamps.
Gift Aid declaration - Are you a taxpayer? Don't forget to Gift-Aid your donations. For every £1 you give, the government will donate a further 25p.
Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue (CamSAR)
County HQ (North)
March Fire Station A21
Phone: 01223 968850