Voluntary Organisations

This is a national voluntary group providing emergency logistics support in times of need. We are typically tasked either by the emergency services or local authorities, and are used to provide transport of people and equipment in our own vehicles, as well as numerous other tasks. We have roles available for all ages and abilities, ranging from 4x4 drivers and crew members through to the back office control team. If you're interested in finding out more about how to use your 4x4 to make a real difference to your community, please go to our website and come along to one of our monthly social team meetings to find out more.

Wessex Flood Rescue

Wessex Flood Rescue

We are a volunteer group associated to the National Governing Body Charity Surf Life Saving Great Britain ( a charity that teaches water rescue, water safety and life saving techniques). The services the unit provides is a nationally accredited flood rescue response Type B team that complies with the DEFRA and the Fire and Rescue Service National Coordination Centre (FRSNCC)  standards to work alongside the blue light services in times of threat to the communities to respond to flooding. We also have a Memorandum of Understanding with Dorset Local Resilience Forum where they can call upon us locally to deploy in the event of flooding. The volunteer team prepares by regularly training to these national standards in addition to providing volunteer support to communities affected by floods, and offers training in basic life saving advice and techniques. The core values of the National Governing Body and ourselves is to provide life saving services and training and water safety advice. The unit consists of approx. 35 volunteers from the local communities of Poole, Branksome Chine, Southbourne, Christchurch and Bournemouth, this makes us the biggest Flood Rescue Unit affiliated to SLSGB All are members of Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB) our governing body and are supported by SLSGB. The Unit was created in response to the coastal and flash flooding devastation seen in 2013 and the volunteers are from local life saving clubs, most are qualified Lifeguards.

Wessex Flood Rescue website

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is a voluntary search and rescue organisation able to deploy throughout Dorset and neighbouring counties to join other SAR groups in the search and rescue of vulnerable missing persons. We provide an additional resource to the local police which is available 24 hours a day throughout the year. We are always looking for new members who are prepared to make a commitment to DorSAR and the wider community. Potential members need to be at least 18 and fulfil certain requirements regarding fitness and training. Potential members must undergo a Police vetting check. Full details can be found on our website.



The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network is the UK’s national voluntary communications service provided for the community by licensed radio amateurs.

RAYNET was formed in 1953 following the severe East coast flooding, to provide a way of organising the valuable resource that Amateur Radio is able to provide to the community.

Since then, it has grown into a very active organisation with around 2000 members, providing communication assistance on many hundreds of events each year.

Amateur Radio operators have access to a wide range of radio bands, operating modes and equipment which allows RAYNET to offer a unique range of emergency communication services to our user services. Coupled with our members endless resourcefulness, RAYNET is regarded as a professional support organisation by both the statutory and volunteer emergency service organisations.

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