Waihi LandSAR is one of over 50 specialist search and rescue groups around the country.
The team helps police locate people lost, injured or missing in Waihi and surrounding areas but also assists when needed in other regions.
Their operations take place typically in wilderness environments but the group also assists with suburban searches.
The local organisation has 15 active members, fully trained in clue processing, search techniques, wilderness survival and search management. The crew is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In the past 12 months, they have been involved in searches for lost day walkers, trail runners, trampers, bikers, farm workers and dementia sufferers.
“Just last week we helped extract hikers from a hut in the Kaimais stranded by high rivers and slips, We are all volunteers, fitting this in around our other jobs. Next time you see us out training, often in the Karangahake Reserve, say hello,” spokesman Wymond Symes says.
For more information or to become a supporter, contact Wymond on 0275 608 776.