Norfolk based, Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue (NORLSAR) work throughout Norfolk and lowland Great Britain, the environments can be both urban and rural. NORLSAR assist in response to search and rescue requests from the police, providing specialized search and rescue capabilities to help find missing people. NORLSAR have the capability to assist police during extreme weather conditions, together with partner agencies.
Unlike our more famous Mountain Rescue counterpart NORLSAR will not go into mountainous areas – different search skills are required for highland terrain. NorLSAR are members of the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue (ALSAR) and will assist member teams in Search and Rescue across lowland Britain, when assistance is requested.
NORLSAR uses trained people and dogs to search any terrain found in lowland Britain. We use a wide range of techniques and equipment backed up with the latest missing persons data and methodologies. NORLSAR have always endorsed and encouraged investigation surrounding faster and more efficient search and rescue techniques. Over the years NORLSAR have adopted many of these search techniques and, together with other ALSAR teams in the United Kingdom, continue to advance Search and Rescue efforts within lowland Britain.
Primarily NORLSAR searches as foot teams and all Search Technicians must complete the basic Search Technician training course prior to becoming live members and on the team’s callout list. We then encourage members to put any other skills to good use following the completion of their basic course. We offer individuals the opportunity to improve personal skills this can include team leading, navigation, dog handling, mountain biking, water safety and water rescue. NORLSAR are constantly on the lookout for members who can help with non-operational aspects of the organization.
Unfortunately, despite expectations from the public, Search and Rescue within the United Kingdom receives no government funding. If you can help with fundraising, filling in grant applications or seeking sponsorship please contact us. Without people helping us we are unable to help others.
If you’d like a challenge, become a part of NORLSAR and help the police search for missing people. Visit the ‘Get involved‘ page of this website or meet our team members at one of the events we attend throughout the year.