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Contact Details
London Search & Rescue,

Metropolitan Police Hayes Sports Club

The Warren

Croydon Road

Hayes, Kent



Tel: 0203 637 8838



(Emergency Services Only)

FAQs About Joining

How do I join LONDON SAR?
Anyone over the age of 18 can apply, but you do need to be reasonably fit to be an active searcher. However the group also needs administrators and fundraisers in support of ‘operational’ members, so if you feel you would prefer to help in those ways, please get in touch.


Because of the nature of our activities and close working relationship with the Police, all prospective members are required to complete an application form and Disclosure & Barring Service form. All application forms are kept strictly confidential.


We also have a yearly membership fee of £5, payable at the time of joining them each year.


What Skills do I need to join LONDON SAR? 
No specific skills are needed to join as we provide full training for the role. Enthusiasm, commitment and the ability to work as part of a team are more important.


What Training is available to me? 
To become an ‘operational’ member and take part in ‘live searches’ you will need to complete a Search Technician Course. This course will provide you with the training and skills you need to work as a member of a search team (generally four people). Further training is provided in a variety of subjects including First Aid, Team Leadership, Communications & Land Navigation (use of map and compass) and other associated topics. Training evening is currently twice a month and one Sunday in the month although this may vary. 

Is there a minimum commitment from me? 
As already mentioned, to become fully operational you will need to attend a Search Technician Course. This is a four  Month course that takes place over four weekends and nine evenings.


We appreciate you will be a volunteer, but we do specify a minimum number of attendances on searches, this is currently set at six searches per year; also attendance at training evenings/days and exercises during the year is required. This is to ensure that all members are fully trained and well practiced in readiness for ‘live searches.' People’s lives may depend upon our skills.


Do I need any special equipment? 
We recommend that you have a minimum of good boots with ankle support, waterproofs, lightweight poly cotton trousers (not jeans), hat, gloves and a thin day rucksack. The team has a uniform which we encourage members to purchase, and you may wish to improve your level of equipment and this, of course, is also encouraged. 


I work, can I still join? 
Of course, you can, most of our members work, some 9-5 some not. Your family comes first, then your job and then any time you can offer us is appreciated. Some employers are more flexible than others.


So how do I join?
Click on the enquiry form link on this page to submit a request online.