Join The Team

We’re always looking for new members to join our team.  If you feel you can contribute to CamSAR please complete the form below.
You can also download an Initial-Interest-Form in PDF format to print off and post. Some may prefer just to email:

interest@camsar.org

with a brief description of what your interest in the team is.

Please remember we are all volunteers and we will respond as quickly as we can.
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Frequently Asked Questions:

Who are Cambridgeshire Search & Rescue?
Cambridgeshire Search & Rescue is a team of trained, driven,dedicated and determined volunteers who provide search and rescue professionalism to preserve life both independently and in association with the full time emergency services and other voluntary aid societies and to assist in the relief of suffering amongst persons endangered by accident or natural hazard principally in Cambridgeshire but without geographical limitation.

How do I join Cambridgeshire Search & Rescue?
Anyone over the age of 18 can apply, but you do need to be reasonably fit to be an active searcher and also pass the initial training and assessment to the set standards required. However the group also needs administrators and fund-raisers 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, a health questionnaire and complete a satisfactory DBS check to comply with membership regulations. All application forms are kept strictly confidential. Providing your application is successful you will be asked to sign an undertaking of confidentiality.

What skills do I need to join Cambridgeshire Search & Rescue?
No specific skills are needed to join, as we provide training recognised to a national standard. Commitment, enthusiasm and the ability to work as part of a team are more important. There are some basic minimal standards that people must attain during the initial training and assessment process and upon completion of these will become a member of the search team.

What training is available to me?
In order to become an ‘operational’ member and take part in ‘live searches’ you will need to satisfactorily complete a search technician development guide and then complete a Search Skills and Techniques Course (initial training and assessment). This course will provide you with the training and skills you need to work as a member of a search team. Further training is provided in a variety of subjects including Communications, First Aid, Team Leadership, Land Navigation (use of map and compass) and other associated subjects such as Water Search, Mountain Bike and Kayak searching. Exercises are conducted regularly to improve team skills.

Is there a minimum commitment from me?
We ask that you make a minimum of 18 months commitment to the team and to become fully operational you will need to attend and pass the Search Technician training that takes place in the first three months of your association. We appreciate you will be a volunteer, but we do specify a minimum number of attendance at training evenings and exercises during the year. This is to ensure that all members are fully trained and well practised in readiness for ‘live searches’. People’s lives may depend upon your skills. We also require that people attend a minimum of 3 fundraising events through the year.

Do I need any special equipment?
We recommend that you have a minimum of good black boots with ankle support (min 9 eyelets). Specific items of uniform and equipment are provided by the team and other sundry items can be purchased at favourable rates from our Quartermaster. The best advice on what you need comes from team members so speak to them before you go shopping for anything.

What about Insurance?
When training and whilst on active duty, you will be covered by Insurance. Personal injury and evident cover is currently not available so must be sourced personally if required. Full details will be made available to you.

Is there a membership fee?
The running costs involved in running a SAR team are high and in order to alleviate this we ask each member to pay a membership fee equivalent to no more than £2 per calendar month payable in advance around the time of the AGM (August/Septmeber). Each member of the team costs around £300 to provide kit to and at all times the kit remains the property of CamSAR and ALL kit is to be returned when members leave. We also require applicants to pay for the administartion costs of the DBS check which is around £10.

Do I have to tell my employer?
Whilst it is not compulsory it is recommended that you notify your employer of your involvement with CamSAR. Many employers recognise that of being part of a professional organisation brings with it many benefits.

What do I do now?
After looking through our website and the information provided fill in an Initial Interest Form online or email interest@camsar.org to ask any further questions regarding application or joining.