Charity No. 1144329

Surrey Search & Rescue

A little bit more about us

Surrey Search and Rescue is a member unit of the UK’s Lowland Rescue service. Alongside Mountain Rescue, Cave Rescue, the RNLI and Volunteer Coastguard, we form the backbone of specialist help for the emergency services when anyone is in need of finding or rescuing.

Lowland Rescue teams specialise in finding missing people using foot-teams and dog-teams, often over large areas of wilderness and without knowing where the casualty is to begin with.

Surrey is England’s most wooded county, and over 77% of the county is rural land.

Our volunteer team is trained in rapid searching techniques and navigation to cover this ground effectively, and first aid skills to help casualties when we do find them.

It takes a minimum of 6-months to train as a Search Technician, and some of our more experienced members then go on to train as Canine Handlers, Team Leaders, Search Controllers, Rescue Specialists or join our advanced Medical Team. You can read more about each of those roles by clicking the links, or read about the training programme here.

Surrey Search and Rescue is a registered charity, and receives no funding from government or the emergency services – we are wholly reliant on donations and grants from industry. All of our members are volunteers, and none of them is paid for their time, fuel or expenses.

The team was formed in 2010 after established Lowland Rescue teams in neighbouring counties noticed a need for a permanent representation in the county of Surrey. The team, now comprising over 50 members also covers the South West of London, answering calls from the Metropolitan Police as well as Surrey Police, and of course supporting those neighbouring teams when needed.