Project information

Equiping Search Dog Handlers to Save Lives

Search dog handlers save lives working with Mountain Rescue Teams and Police Forces throughout Wales and the English Border regions. However, it costs around £2,500 per handler to equip them for the essential work that they do. We have 4 new handlers this year and need to equip them to save lives.

July 2012 - August 2013

Charity information

Sarda (south Wales) Mountain Rescue Search Dogs

Sarda (south Wales) Mountain Rescue Search Dogs logo
  • Need


    To equip search dog handlers, as part of SARDA South Wales, to safely and efficiently search for missing persons in mountainous, rural and urban terrain whatever the weather.


    It will provide essential safety equipment to protect the handler and dog team whilst they provide an essential search resource to Police and Mountain Rescue Teams.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To train and equip handler and dog teams for work in extreme terrain and weather conditions


    » To qualify dog teams to the national search dog standards and provide navigation and specialist first aid aid equipment

    Success will be... Dog or dog teams qualified to the nationally recognised standard, equipped and operational and saving lives throughout the united kingdom.

  • Impact


    Success is measured by the number of dogs available for callout, the reduction in hours spent searching for missing, vulnerable persons and the saving of lives.


    The national training standards are very high, not all dog teams qualify, and a small proportion of those that do qualify, find that the voluntary work is too arduous and demanding. We provide support and training for all dog teams and potential teams to maximise the number of dogs available during emergencies.


    Donors will get email reports on the progress of dog teams and their exploits whilst searching for the missing and vulnerable.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Communication Equipment VHF radio communication equipment, to provide a link with mountain rescue teams & coastguard
      £2,500 Safety Clothing To provide high visibilty clothing & waterproofs for dog handlers
      £1,000 Dog Winching Harnesses Harnesses required to winch dogs into and out of helicopters & abseil
      £700 First aid equipment Essential first aid equipment to deal with casualties
      £800 Torches & Lighting Equipment To provide lighting for search work
      £1,000 Other equipment Shelters, rucksacks and dog working jackets
  • Background


    South Wales, Mid Wales and the English / Welsh Border areas


    Missing and vulnerable persons of all ages, nationalities, ethnic minorities. We provide the service without favour or prejudice.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only operational search dog charity in south and mid wales. We work, and many of us are also members, of the local mountain rescue teams throughout Mid and South Wales.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Calum Stewart

    Chairman, Equipment Officer and Dog Handler of over 10 years experience and many hundreds of callouts throughout wales.

    Robert Farnham

    Land Access Officer & Search Manager - operational for over 35 years with SARDA South Wales and a sister organisation. One of the founding members.

    Mike Marchant

    Dog handler and Training Officer - critical to the success of the organisation

    Kate Gilliver

    Bodies Representative - organises and coordinates volunteers who lie out on hillsides waiting to be found during the essential training sessions