Lowland Search Research Group
I often find the Search and Rescue “community” difficult to comprehend.
On the ground, whoever I am with, from whatever discipline, I am always amazed at the professionalism of the volunteers; alongside the passion and enthusiasm, I marvel at how well they all work together to bring about the required outcome.
But then away from the search or incident ground, the “politics” rears its head. Different groups doing their own thing, in their own way – all supposedly working towards the same goal, but often arguing amongst themselves, slowing any progress down to a crawl and often going backwards. Splits and new groups popping up everywhere; each trying to “out-do” the other and so on.
But then some days in some places, you find groups of diverse people all working towards the same goal; not necessarily agreeing but putting aside differences and concentrating on working together for the benefit of the missing person [there will always be another just around the corner!]
I’m biased, of course, but UKLSI was set up with this in mind and although I’m not at the centre of the group anymore [it's nice and easy to just turn up and teach!] this ethos of sharing the workload, working together to improve and move things forward has continued.
Then over the summer several people expressed an interest to me in furthering research into lowland search. I was excited, but then let them down, getting bogged down in a myriad of “other stuff” and neglecting them all.Â But I recently e-mailed them all, inspired to once again get this off the ground and I was overwhelmed by the response I got. People from different ALSAR and LSDogs Units, talking to each other, sharing each other’s thoughts and hopes for further research and supporting each other to move it forward.
Hopefully, in the next couple of days I will write about the missing person behaviour study I am hoping to undertake over the next few months and also some of the studies that others in the group want to undertake. I’m not protective about this; if you want to get involved in any of this research, help out or even need help to study something you want to – let me know. The more, the merrier and all that!
November 9, 2009
Â· Robert Bradley Â· 3 Comments
Tags: ALSAR, LSDogs, Missing Person, missing person behaviour, Search and Politics, Search and Rescue Community, Search Research, UKLSI Â· Posted in: Search Research, Search Thoughts