LOWLAND RESCUE (Association of Lowland Search & Rescue)
Lowland Rescue was conceived and created in 1991, with the association of 4 original teams. Over the past 25 years it has grown into 36 Teams, with over 1800 professionally qualified Volunteers, covering over a third of the UK. We are members of UKSAR, alongside Mountain Rescue (MREW) and the RNLI, providing official Search and Rescue coverage “From Hill to High Water”, whenever requested. At Lowland Rescue we are proud to talk and shout about what we do, but it’s not always easy, with the calls for support we get.
The role of Lowland Rescue is to:
Coordinate the provision of Lowland SAR Services
Represent and Support Lowland SAR teams nationally
Develop and shape Lowland SAR
The Association of Lowland Search & Rescue is the governing body for the UK’s 36 Lowland Rescue teams. Our teams provide professional volunteers for specialist search and rescue in non-mountainous parts of the UK. The Association is the ONLY provider of nationally accredited missing-person search standards in the UK, and our teams work to a common standard across the country. Lowland Rescue specialists work alongside Mountain Rescue, Cave Rescue, Coastguard Rescue, SARDA Search Dogs, the RNLI and independent lifeboats to provide the UK’s voluntary rescue service, and each member team is partnered to work with their local emergency services. Unlike Mountain Rescue which predominantly deals with casualties in terrain which most ambulances cannot access, Lowland Rescue teams typically deal with wide-area searches for vulnerable people whose location is unknown. Our members train in advanced search techniques for land and water, and we provide medical care and safe transport of any casualty or vulnerable person to a place of safety once found. Many of our teams expand their role locally to provide civil contingency, flood or emergency medical support as needed by their local authorities.