Get To Know Sussex Search and Rescue

Sussex Search & Rescue (SusSAR) is the primary volunteer resource used by Sussex Police to search for, and rescue, vulnerable missing people. We are on call 24 hours every day throughout the year.

As a 100% volunteer organisation our members give their time free of charge and expect nothing in return but satisfaction from a job well done. We exist to serve the community of Sussex through the goodwill of our members and charitable donations.

We can be called out by Sussex Police or by Search & Rescue Teams in other counties requesting our assistance at any time.

Where might people see us?

As a result of our charity status and no funding, we have a variety of means for fundraising.

Our fundraising activities can take the form of collections at supermarkets, or providing marshals for events such as marathons around Sussex, or representing the unit at public emergency services shows during the summer, to name but a few.


Not only are we seen in our own county, but we can be seen assisting our neighbouring counties such as Hampshire, Surrey and Kent.

How would we describe ourselves?

We are the men and women that dedicate our time to help the people of Sussex that need us the most when their loved ones go missing.

We are qualified to high standards and are a vital volunteer resource to Sussex Police.

How do we raise funds?

As we are self-funded, fundraising is an integral part of what we have to do in order to continue as a unit.

We often offer support for events, mainly in the form of marshalling at large sporting or community events.

A major activity we partake in for raising funds is ‘bucket shakes’ outside supermarkets, shops or in high-streets etc.

What does it mean to be a member of SusSAR?

Membership of SusSAR involves quite a considerable commitment in terms of time, effort and money.

Time – we hold two training evenings a month (2nd & 4th Thursday), at various locations across Sussex. Attendance at callouts is expected wherever possible, and these can occur during the day or at night. Members are also asked to attend fundraising events, in order to help keep the team operational.

Effort – joining the team involves an initial 4-6 month probationary period, followed by attendance (& successful completion) of a weekend training course in search skills. Further ongoing training is then available and expected.

Money – being volunteers, all members provide their own kit, transport & fuel costs.

How can people join?

We are pleased to have vacancies for operational, fundraising and support members.

If you are interested in becoming an operational member, please email We would be delighted to hear from you should you be looking to help with fundraising for us. Please email to discuss how you can help us raise funds and join our team in a non-operational role, soon.


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