Category Archives: Search and Rescue

Search and rescue teams are used for accessing remote casulaties and helping locating missing people.

KS66 WNH Surrey Search and Rescue Volvo V70

KS66 WNH
Surrey Search and Rescue
Volvo V70 Authorities-spec D4 AWD
Used for lowland rescue work. New in 2017, it will allow volunteers to respond to incidents quicker. The First Response Vehicle carries a 4G-enabled rugged laptop with digital mapping & battery powered printer. This allows the coordination of search teams before the larger command vehicle arrives on scene. An advanced medical kit with oxygen, trauma kit and defibrillator is also carried to support the emergency services during times of flooding, bad weather or power cuts. The vehicle also carries a drone. Duty Responders will have the vehicle with them at all times to further reduce turnout times.

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G-BEXJ Channel Islands Air Search Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander

G-BEXJ
Channel Islands Air Search
Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
This aircraft is a temporary replacement for the damaged Islander G-CIAS. A permanent replacement is due in Summer/Autumn 2017. The original aircraft was damaged beyond repair in an emergency landing due to engine problems in November 2013. The yellow rear wing was salvaged and attached to this temporary replacement. Only basic SAR equipment is fitted to this Islander, with a lot more emphasis on looking out of the windows rather than at screens.

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SG15 AED Surrey SAR VW Amarok Lowland Rescue vehicle. This

SG15 AED Surrey SAR VW Amarok Lowland Rescue vehicle. This 2015 4×4 replaces their old Land Rover Defender. The car is suited to travelling across the county on normal roads but also has good off road capability where required. A fold-down screen in the Truckman rear allows briefing to be given or other information to be displayed – such as the view from a drone (shown). The total cost for the vehicle was £32,500 and was met by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

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YK62 UKC York Rescue Boat Land Rover Defender 110 – This is the charity’s only vehicle…

YK62 UKC York Rescue Boat Land Rover Defender 110 – This is the charity’s only vehicle. It was donated by a local dealership to help the charity raise its profile during it’s first few months of operation. It is used for publicity and will develop into a patrol and rescue vehicle. The purchase of a boat and training of volunteers will follow.
The side view. York Rescue Boat is focussed on the safety of the rivers in and around York. They aim to achieve this by means of a patrol and rescue boat, combined with a programme of education.
From the rear
The winch
The charity’s logo on the bonnet
Another view of the Land Rover
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Defence Helicopter Flying School – demonstration of water rescue capability. They train …

Defence Helicopter Flying School – demonstration of water rescue capability. They train Search and Rescue pilots and personnel. This is a Eurocopter Squirrel and is based at the HQ at RAF Shawbury, near Shrewsbury.
Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Watch a video of this vehicle in action!

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G-CIAS Channel Islands Air Search operate this 1982 Islander aircraft …

G-CIAS Channel Islands Air Search operate this 1982 Islander aircraft for Search and Rescue work (with personalised registration). CIAS is a 24/7 charity that assists in saving lives at sea and is supported entirely by volunteers. The Channel Islands are a distance away from government-funded French and English rescue helicopters and so created their own service in 1980.
The aircraft in its purpose built hanger on Guernsey. It was built in 1982 and came to the service in 1992 with many modifications made. These include extended nose housing for radar, extended wing tips and long range fuel tanks.
Another view of G-CIAS ready for action. With callsign ‘Airsearch One’, it can travel at up to 140 knots and can stay in the air for up to 4 hours 30 minutes. It carries out sea and land searches, including mainland France and England.
The rear view of the aircraft called Lions’ Pride. It can take off with just 100m visibility and the time from call to airborne is about 25 minutes. This includes the time taken for the volunteers to drive to the hanger – a journey that is helped by the use of green flashing lights on their private cars.
The Forward Looking Infa Red (FLIR) pod shown cost £200,000 to purchase and was a massive sum to pay out for a small charitable organisation. However the benefits of having this save lives.
The underside of the aircraft as seen from the sea. The charity use the tag line ‘The Lifeboats’ Eyes in the Sky’.
A close look at the four speakers used as a public address system or siren.
Inside the aircraft. This compact space is for five team members: a pilot, a search director and observers. There is no capability to rescue or transport casualties.
The rear observer seats. The windows are bulged outwards to allow the observers to look straight down. A small chute at the bottom of the photograph allows sea flares to be placed on the sea as markers. Behind the rear seats is an inflatable life raft that can the pushed out of the aircraft to be used by up to 11 people in the sea.
In this staged photograph, G-CIAS is in flight, joined by the Channel Islands’ other rescue services.
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