State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers assist SAPOL to conduct thousands of searches over all types of terrain across the state in both rural and urban areas.
Most searches are undertaken for missing or injured people however, volunteers also assist Police looking for criminal evidence.
Volunteers are trained in a number of search techniques and required to have specific skills including map reading and navigation, first aid, field craft, observation (both day and night), and tracking.
SES volunteers also assist search and rescue operations from the air as observers for both land and sea searches. Searching can be an extremely traumatic task especially when young children are involved and the outcome is not successfli
Western Adelaide also attend incidents with Building Impacts to ensure the building is safe to re-enter/for the public to be around.
SES volunteers have peer support counseling services available to help deal with stressful incidents.