UK Search and Rescue

View from lighthouseSearch and rescue is the activity of locating and recovering persons either in distress, potential distress or missing and delivering them to a place of safety.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) provides a comprehensive search and rescue service for those reported in trouble either on land, on water or in the air and for those reported missing. The fully integrated organisation of search and rescue co-ordinators and operational units uses a comprehensive communications infrastructure providing a well-developed search and rescue model.

UKSAR contributors

The organisations that contribute to the groups that comprise UKSAR are:

  • Ambulance Service
  • Association of Lowland Search and Rescue
  • British Cave Rescue Council
  • Fire and Rescue Service
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland
  • Mountain Rescue England and Wales
  • Police Service
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution

UKSAR Communications Working Group membership

  • Ambulance Service Association
  • Association of Chief Police Officers
  • Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland)
  • Association of Lowland Search and Rescue (ALSAR)
  • Chief and Assistant Chief Fire Officers Association
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Scottish Executive
  • Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland
  • Mountain Rescue Council of England and Wales
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution

UKSAR publications