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NI Search and rescue expert elected to top position for UK and Ireland

CRS founder and head Sean McCarry

Sean McCarry OBE


The Association of Lowland Search and Rescue (ALSAR) are delighted to announce their new Chair Sean McCarry OBE, the founder and head of the Community Rescue Service (CRS).


At the recent AGM and Conference of ALSAR held in Coventry, Sean was elected unanimously by the delegates representing the 34 search and rescue teams with 2157 members and 53 search and rescue dogs.



ALSAR covers the entire UK and Ireland and provides the emergency response in Lowland areas in support of the various police services, who have the responsibility for the safety of the general public

including during emergencies. The governing body is responsible to UKSAR and the Association of

Chief Police Officers (ACPO) for the standards, policies and procedures that every individual must

meet and maintain, thereby ensuring a standardised response to the highest professional level

across all areas.


The Lowland Rescue Teams operate 110 emergency vehicles, 64 drones, 98 bikes, 50 rescue boats, and 7 Sonar teams, they have been deployed 1665 times in 2022, spent 69,700 hours on search alone and provided a saving of £13,600,000.00 to the public purse.



Sean has been at the forefront of search and rescue for more than 40 years and is not only recognised as one of the most experienced National Search Managers in the UK and Ireland but also across the worldwide SAR community.


Sean has held the position of Vice Chair of Lowland Rescue for several years and was previously a trustee.


Commenting on his appointment, Sean said:


“I am delighted, privileged and honoured to be unanimously to this vital and challenging role.


"Lowland Rescue teams provide a world class voluntary search and rescue service across the lowland environment in both the UK and Ireland, 24hrs a day 7 days a week in all weather conditions and I am extremely proud to be leading this outstanding organisation.



"All the Lowland Rescue teams provide lifesaving emergency response in support of their individual police services with the joint aim of keeping our communities safe and I will be working alongside my trustees and senior leadership team to ensure that they are supported and recognised whilst carrying out this essential work.”


The Association of Lowland Search and Rescue is a full member of UKSAR and Community Rescue Service is also a member to The Northern Ireland Search and Rescue Policy Group and Practitioners Group.

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