Hampshire Search and Rescue team hailed as ‘lifesavers’ as they reach 500 call-outs

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A SEARCH and rescue team, which has marked its 500th call-out, has been praised.

Hampshire Search and Rescue (Hantsar) reached the milestone on Saturday.

The news was welcomed by the county’s Lord-Lieutenant, Nigel Atkinson, who said: ‘I am very impressed with the commitment the volunteers give to the local community in Hampshire.’

The team was set up in 2003 to help Hampshire Constabulary in searching for vulnerable missing people, earning it the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2011.

David Hardcastle is the Assistant Chief Constable of county’s police force.

He said: ‘Collaboration has become an increasingly important part of delivering an effective police service. Hampshire Constabulary’s collaboration with Hantsar is a prime example of where the dedication of highly trained volunteers working alongside the police saves lives.

‘Reaching 500 call-outs is testament to how vital their role is to us and the public.’