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Civil Defence Volunteers 1968 - Today

British Civil Defence - Link
Formerly known as the ‘Association of Pioneer Rescue Officers’. BCD Officers provide a technical search and rescue capability to authorities in the UK and overseas.

Association of Lowland Search & Rescue - Link
The Association of Lowland Search & Rescue aims to promote and co-ordinate adequate arrangements in the lowland areas of the UK and its offshore islands. Also to assist and advise statutory bodies in lowland search and rescue work.

The Mountain Rescue Service - Link
The MR service will provide assistance to anyone who becomes lost or injured in the mountains, fells or moorland for whatever reason. The service is provided 24 hours per day 7 days per week and operates in all weather conditions

First Aid Societies - Link
Many can be located on the World Wide Web

First Responder groups - Link
A First Responder usually means an ambulance service paramedic. Many can be located on the World Wide Web

Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management - Link
The mission of the ICPEM is ‘to bring together emergency professionals, academics and business, in order to provide an informed and influential voice on all aspects of civil protection and emergency management’.

National Urban Search & Rescue Dog Group - Link

National Voluntary Civil Aid Service (known as ‘Civil Aid’)
Provides first aid and emergency preparedness training to members of the public. Some Units also undertake first aid cover at various public events.

Radio Amateurs Emergency Network (RAYNET) - Link
RAYNET, The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network is the UK’s national voluntary communications service provided for the community by licensed radio amateurs.

The National Urban Search & Rescue Dog Group - Link
The National Urban Search and Rescue Dog Group is the UK's governing and representative body for search dog groups who specialise in USAR work

Sky Watch Civil Air Patrol - Link
Sky Watch Civil Air Patrol provides an additional air resource for the voluntary and professional emergency services.

WRVS - Link
Originally founded as the ‘Women’s Voluntary Service for Air Raid Precautions’. Today, its members provide a variety of services including meals on wheels to housebound people and welfare work.