Norfolk Search and Rescue is a Lowland Rescue team, that fills the gap between Mountain Rescue Teams and HM Coast Guard.
Formed in 1999, our team of 100% voluntary fully trained Search Technicians offer the Police and emergency services a specially trained team, to assist with the search for vulnerable missing persons throughout Norfolk.
Our Foot Team form the core of Norfolk Lowland Rescue.
They comprise of qualified Search Technicians, Team Leaders, Search Planners, Search Managers and Medics of all backgrounds and ages (ranging from 18-75) across the region.
All Search Technicians undertake an intensive 3-6 month training course followed by 6 month probation period. The Team trains twice a month in all seasons and weathers.
Percentage of team who are Volunteers
Fully Trained Search Technicians
All Weather Team Training Sessions per Year
Age of Youngest Volunteer
Age of Oldest Volunteer
Some of our Search Technicians choose to train their dogs to work in the Seach and Rescue environment.
All dogs are thoroughly assessed for suitability and require 2 years (850 hour) of training to reach qualified status
Our dogs are trained in Air or Ground Scent and require ongoing training post qualification.
Hours of Search Dog training required
Trained Search Dogs on Team
Cost of Required Dog Harness
Search Dogs Currently In Training
Based on the Norfolk Broads, our water team can be deployed all over the county and occasionally beyond to assist neighbouring teams.
The water team require additional training in water-based skills to assist the emergency services with searches of The Broads network, rivers and other wetland areas, as well as working as a first responder to assist emergency services during flooding events.
NorSLAR Search Boats In Service
Water Rescue Team Members
Cost per Water Rescue Team Member Helmet
Water Rescue Call Outs Last Year
Purchased thanks to a long fundraising campaign and donations from Marsh Insurance‘s Charity Christmas Car Park campaigning, our ICU operates as a Mobile office and Search Command and Control Centre.
Our Isuzu D-Max Pick-Up was purchased following a successful grant application.It acts as a Medical support vehicle carrying range of extraction and medical equipment. It’s also used to tow the Water Team boats.
Originally a specialist Fire appliance, Ivor was donated by Aberdyfi Mountain Rescue Team. The team have adapted him to carry water and tech rescue gear, PPE for water searching. Sadly no longer fit for purpose (due to lack of seating and age-related unreliability), we are currently fundraising for its replacement.
The team carries 3 full responder kits which include: defibrillators, oxygen, resuscitation equipment, haemorrhage control and bandages; as well as Mibs, Basket and Scoop Stretchers. This equipment allows us to provide the right immediate care and extraction to those we assist.
Each of our Search Technicians is issued with a Danah waterproof jacket, wicking shirt, fleece, waterproof trousers and backpack cover which costs us around £450. The team members provide the rest of the basic equipment themselves (trousers, boots, rucksack …)
All money raised helps ensure our equipment kit and training can be provided and maintained.
Find out how you can help us to continue to search for missing people in all weathers, at any time, day or night.
LAST CALLOUT : 6 Jan | (03/2022) Team called to assist Norfolk Police with a high risk missing person in Norwich