Martin Drapper from Surrey Search and Rescue joined us on the 7th Dec 2018 to talk about the work that they do in Surrey and all over the country when the need arises.
Martin explained Surrey Search & Rescue is a 100% voluntary specialist search team which helps the emergency services find missing vulnerable adults and children. They are on-call 24 hours a day, with a team of 100+ people and 8 Search Dogs to respond across Surrey and surrounding areas.
Martin explained “We are highly trained with exceptional skills to find and give first aid to anyone who is reported missing or lost and evacuate them to safety. Surrey Search and Rescue operate in woodland, farmland, town centres and around water, where the emergency services need help and manpower. Over 2100 people go missing in Surrey every year. Even if a callout comes at 3am we aim to respond as quickly as possible and minimise the time that the missing person is trapped outdoors.”
Martin also explained about the Herbert Protocal;-
The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme being introduced by the police in partnership with other agencies which encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
Carers, family members and friends can complete in advance, a form recording all vital details, such as medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located, a photograph etc. In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the form can be easily handed to the police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information.
The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.
Below is a link for people to be able to fill in the form;-