Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue (NORLSAR) was formed in 1999 and is a registered charity (1103823) with 70 volunteers working throughout Norfolk to respond to search and rescue requests from Norfolk Police. We provide specialized search and rescue capabilities to help find missing vulnerable people. NORLSAR also have the capability to assist police during extreme weather conditions, together with partner agencies.
NORLSAR are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist in searching for high risk missing persons ranging from a missing child, dementia sufferer or despondent adult. Our fully trained and qualified Search Managers are deployed to tactically advise the Police using a range of methodology and past missing person’s data in order to create a search plan. Currently during a search we will run our control and deploy foot searchers from a Village Hall, Fire Station or from team vehicles if no other suitable location is available. The Team are now looking to purchase an Incident Control Unit which can be used anywhere in Norfolk thus negating the need to utilise a building.
Whilst we are nearing the funds to be able to purchase a Mercedes Sprinter as our new control vehicle, we are seeking a grant of £10,000 for the fitting out with the following equipment:
Digital Radio equipment and mast - £2,460
Internal inverter power electrical fit out including heating - £3,500
IT equipment incl. PC’s, laser printer etc. - £1,900
External emergency and scene lighting £450
Internal accessories approx. - £1,690
Search and Rescue within the United Kingdom receives no government funding. Our running costs and capital purchases are funded by public donations and generous grants. We are always seeking help with fundraising, filling in grant applications or seeking sponsorship. Without people helping us we are unable to help others.
Primarily NORLSAR searches as foot teams and all Search Technicians must complete the basic Search Technician training course prior to becoming live members and on the team’s callout list. We then encourage members to put any other skills to good use following the completion of their basic course. We offer individuals the opportunity to improve personal skills this can include team leading, navigation, dog handling, mountain biking, water safety and water rescue.
NORLSAR also visit Schools, Scouts & Guides, and Youth Organisations, to promote our work and advise on personal and water safety. We also work with care homes to better understand the behaviours of those who suffer from Dementia and to promote the Norfolk Constabulary’s “Herbert Protocol” which gathers information on residents in the event they should ever go missing.