Aspirant and team member

The next selection weekend will be in March 2015.

We rely on a wide range of skills and experience within our team. This is both during our rescues and with all the other tasks needed to maintain the team. We are always happy to consider applications for membership from all walks of life.

The team comprises of three sections:

• Search: The largest section of the team, encompassing all members and accounts for the majority of callouts.

• Cliff & Technical rescue: A smaller and specialised section of the team. Less frequent callouts. Often in a standby capacity only, often co-responding alongside of the other emergency services.

• Water: Responding to an increasing number of callouts, comprising bankside search and Swiftwater Rescue Technicians.

Those applying for membership will be required to attend a selection event over a weekend, normally in March. If selected then a trainee period of typically 6 months follows when you are trained in the team’s core competencies. Trainees do not attend callouts. If you successfully complete the trainee period Aspirant status is awarded where training is consolidated before full membership of the Search & Rescue Team is granted. Aspirants may be invited to attend certain callouts. Membership of other more specialist areas of the team will be by invitation once search membership is given. During the aspirant period and throughout membership, training on all aspects of the teams operation is provided.

If you would like to find out more about joining the team please email