Chief Constable applauds ‘dedication’ of rescue team
SURREY’S top cop has heaped praise on the county’s ‘dedicated, committed and professional’ search and rescue team.
Surrey Search and Rescue (Surrey SAR) recently marked its 500th callout in support of Surrey Police having formed just seven years ago.
Surrey SAR is frequently called on to assist the emergency services search for missing people, and particularly with other emergencies such as flooding.
The team, which now has some 90 volunteers, has been praised by Surrey Police’s Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave on the cusp of the group’s ‘impressive milestone’.
“The dedication, commitment and professionalism of Surrey SAR is evident every time they assist Surrey Police to locate missing and often vulnerable members of the public,” he said.
“They have consistently responded rapidly to emergency situations and added great value to the county’s search and rescue capability.
“500 callouts is an impressive milestone for the charity and we thank our Surrey SAR colleagues for their support when called upon day, or night.
“We look forward to working with Surrey SAR over the next 500 searches.”
Surrey SAR charity chairman Dr Piers Page added: “With each callout, we grow professionally.
“What started as a small group of community spirited people has now grown into a well drilled organisation that has developed specialist teams in water rescue, search dogs and even an aerial capability using drones, in addition to our core search skills.
“As a charity, we are forever indebted to the people of Surrey for their support and also to our dedicated team members who invest so much time to ensure the next call out is always going to be our most effective.”
Surrey SAR are part of the Lowland Rescue organisation that makes up the UK Search and Rescue response capability, alongside specialist partners such as the RNLI and Mountain Rescue.
In 2016, they attended 67 incidents making them the busiest Lowland Rescue team in Great Britain. The team dealt with their 300th incident in March 2015.