London Search and Rescue

London Search and Rescue

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  • Emergency Services / Armed Forces

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Our Vision: ​To help end preventable loss of life in London.​

Our Mission​: London Search and Rescue, known as LonSAR, searches for vulnerable missing people across London to help end preventable loss of life. Working with the Metropolitan and City of London Police, we provide a 24-hour search and rescue service. LonSAR’s volunteer search professionals are selfless, dependable, trustworthy, courageous, and compassionate. Our team is committed to high standards through constant training and improvement and, coming from communities across London, reflects the diversity of the city we serve. ​

Our Ethos​: Professional. Compassionate. Ready.


LonSAR, supports the Metropolitan Police and City Police in searches for vulnerable missing people across London, helping to end preventable loss of life. As a charity, we provide life-saving search and rescue services for the people of London with our professionally trained volunteers who are on call 24/7, all year round, whatever the weather. The people we help are often despondent, suicidal, elderly, or suffering from severe mental health issues, or dementia.

We are proud to be part of Lowland Rescue and one of the 36 teams that exist nationwide. Lowland Rescue sits alongside Mountain Rescue, Cave Rescue and the RNLI within the UKSAR Framework, which amalgamates various Government Departments, the Emergency Services and search and rescue charities.

Within LonSAR, foot search is the core building block of what we do and is where all our Search Technicians start. Once qualified, our operational volunteers may choose to specialise within our dog team, water team, kayak team, bike team, medic team or drone team. We also have individuals who train as Team Leaders, Search Planners, Operations Managers, and Incident Commanders, meeting national standards and allowing them to effectively interact with the emergency services during an incident.

Over 50,00 missing person reports are filed in London each year. The sooner a vulnerable missing person is found and receives medical care, the better their chances are for survival. Our volunteer search professionals are selfless, dependable, trustworthy, courageous and compassionate.

Current opportunities

London (Central), BR2 7AL

We need support from a hands-on and experienced Training Officer to join our Senior Leadership Team and ensure we providing engaging, relevant and...

London (Central), BR2 7AL or Remote

We need support from a hands-on and experienced Events Planner to join our Fundraising Team and ensure we are raising awareness of our work across...

We need support from a hands-on qualified accountant in the role of Finance Lead to ensure our financial controls remain in good order.