Staffordshire Search and Rescue remains on-call over the festive season.

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The 60-strong team of volunteer searchers, and two Search Dogs remain on-call day and night, throughout the festive season, to assist police in the location and rescue of missing children and vulnerable adults across rural Staffordshire and also in our cities, towns and villages.

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Every day in Staffordshire another ten people are reported missing to local police. People go missing for many reasons. Deteriorating mental ill health, relationship problems, financial strain and dementia-related conditions are common amongst missing people. It is vital that people are located as soon as possible because the wintery weather conditions, particularly the cold, increase the vulnerability and risk of harm to the individual while they are missing.

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As well as searching for missing people, the trained volunteers are trained in water rescue and assist emergency services during flood alerts and rising river levels as a result of heavy rainfall. The members are on standby to assist Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as the result of the recent stormy weather both in our own county as well as in Cumbia.

Rachel Good, spokesperson for the team said,

“all members give their time freely and we will continue to provide a life-saving rescue service throughout the festivities. We are all volunteers but our service is never closed. If a loved one goes missing we will always be on hand to help bring that person to safety”.

Last year volunteers dedicated over 3,000 hours of time freely searching for missing people.

If you would like to find out more about the rescue team or to make a donation please visit the website www.ssart.org
Contact – r.good@ssart.org – PR and Fundraising Officer – 07809482728

https://www.facebook.com/staffordshiresearchandrescue – for more information daily