In NSAR there are many skills you can develop within a multitude of roles, some of which are listed below.
If you are considering joining you must have a driving license and access to a vehicle OR another means to be able to access incidents at any location in the county / region
BST – BASIC SEARCH TECHNICIAN:
Trained and assesed to ALSAR national standards. Operational and searching for Missing people on live callouts.
Specialist training which enables the BST to safely and effectively search 3 metres from the bankside of any watercourse, this may be a Canal, River or lake.
TEAM MEDIC/FIRST AIDER
First Aid trained BST that are part of an intergral search team that has specific responsibility for administering First Aid to team members or the missing person on a callout.
TEAM LEADER (TL)
An experienced and confident BST who endures ongoing assesment to ALSAR criteria in order to be a TL, leading a team of 4 persons on a search. In charge of health and safety, leadership and morale of team.
BST with responsibility for using team radios, updating control point of teams status and maintaing radio comms and voice proceedure at all times.
CONTROL VAN STAFF
A vital role- as if there is no control a search cannot take place effectively. Logging and plotting
search teams locations and progress in search sectors and liasing with POLSA/POLICE and other agencies.
Planning fundraising events to aid NSAR in donations for maintaining kit and operational readyness.