Two call outs on New Years Day 2012

2012 got off to a busy start for NEWSAR with two call outs in quick succession on New Years Day.

Call out 1/12 was a request for advice on how to deal with a partially burnt parachute flare found by a member of the public in a residential area near Wrexham.  This may have been set off during the New Year celebrations the night before.

The person who found it quite rightly left it where it was and informed the police.  Partially burned flares can be very dangerous and should not be handled.

The NEWSAR on call Search Manager advised the Police that the Coastguard has facilities to deal with spent, or partially spent flares.

Call out 2/12 was for a missing young person in the Wrexham area.  The full team was called out and some 17 team members gathered at Wrexham Police station and were being briefed in preparation for deployment to search relevant areas.  In the meantime North Wales Police received information which allowed them to locate the missing person safe and well, before the ground search by team members commenced.  A good end to this incident.


The Daily Post carried this story the next day

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51/11 Team Callout – Wrexham Area

The team was called out this evening (Wednesday 28/12) at 18:00 by North Wales Police with regard to a High Risk Missing Person in an area east of the town.  The team provided search advice and a large number of team members attended Wrexham Police Station to start searching on the ground.  Our colleagues in SARDA Wales ( also attended.

As the team members were about to be deployed the missing person was located by North Wales Police and the team was stood down.

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50/11 – Team Callout – Wrexham area

The Team was called out  about 4pm yesterday (22nd December) after North Wales Police contacted us regarding a missing 8 year old boy from the Ponciau area of Wrexham.  The boy was found safe and well by a member of the public before the team arrived.

Twitter (@NthWalesPolice) was used to alert people about the missing boy and it seems to have worked very well.


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Training members moved to full call out list

Our 2011 Trainees, who joined us in April, have now been added to our full call out list as they enter the final stages of training towards becoming full team members.

To get to this point has required many hours of commitment to training.  Congratulations to all of them who have reached this stage.

If you are interested in joining NEWSAR please complete an application form and return it by the end of Saturday 31st December 2011.  Application forms and details about what the team expects of its members and what you can expect from the team can be found at the web address below.  The application forms are near the bottom of the page.  They can be posted or emailed in.

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