Valuable work with missing people
DEDICATED volunteers who have helped reunite missing people with their families are searching for new members.
Kent Search and Rescue is holding an open day on Saturday, between 10am and 3pm, at the Boxley Road TA Centre, Maidstone.
The group, which is often called on by police to help in the hunt for people who go missing in the county, wants to expand.
Volunteers can help reunite lost children with their parents and find vulnerable or elderly people who have become lost.
Paul Lewis, a volunteer search manager, said: “We’ve had 27 searches so far this year, and between us we’ve put in 11,000 hours searching for people over a period of six years. Normally we average about three or four searches a month.”
Some volunteers have previous experience in the military, police, fire or ambulance services, how- ever it is not essential and full training is provided.
You do need to have a reasonable level of fitness and be aged at least 18. Police checks are carried out on all volunteers.
Searches can take place anywhere in the county. Most of the time, the work is carried out in the evenings and at weekends.
Anyone interested should contact Paul Lewis on 07977 066165.