Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue
Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue is a group of volunteers who are trained in search and rescue techniques and who help the police look for missing people in the county and its close borders. The group uses trained people and dogs to search any terrain and is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
There are around 40 volunteers based across Norfolk from Diss to Cromer, and Great Yarmouth to King’s Lynn, and in a typical year they are involved in 15 to 20 incidents in Norfolk and a further 10 in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The group undertakes regular training to improve and refresh their skills, covering first aid, urban night search, tracking, navigation and water safety. In addition to a land search capability, they have also developed water search and rescue skills through training provided by the fire service.
In 2012 Sport Relief Community Cash awarded a grant of £1,000 to provide specialist lighting for land and water searches at night. Search and Rescue in the UK receives no government or police funding and is entirely dependent on local fundraising.