WightSAR – Seeing in the Dark

WightSAR can now see in the dark, with help from Lifeline Alarms & Security Services and the donation of a brand new valuable search and rescue tool.

L-R Cindy Newnham, General Manager and Rob Evans, CCTV Specialist of Lifeline Alarms Security Services and Dean Terret, Chairman WightSAR

Isle of Wight Search and Rescue (WightSAR) is a voluntary organisation that assist Hampshire Constabulary and other agencies in searches for vulnerable missing persons on the Isle of Wight. In August 2020, the Team at Lifeline Alarms & Security Services were delighted to present WightSAR with a brand new Thermal Imaging Search and Rescue Camera.

Searching for vulnerable, missing or endangered individuals presents many challenges to the WightSAR team of volunteers. Among the variations in terrain and location is the ever fight against reduced visibility. This might be down to natural diminishing daylight, searches in the hours of darkness, fog, rain and even searches at sea. Now utilising latest Thermal Imaging Technology, WightSAR have a new weapon in the armory. A brand-new thermal Imaging Camera donated by Lifeline Alarms & Security Services.
The Hikvision DS-2TR03-35UM/W Thermal Scope has a thermal detector and 1024×768 OLED monitor, which provides clear image under harsh environment conditions like darkness, fog, smoke, dust, rain, snow, wood and camouflage. This enables the operator to see heat and energy sources as they are converted into an image.
GPS and WiFi functions will help the thermal scope to transmit images back to a central command allowing operators to monitor for heat signatures. The shutterless technology removes the risk of losing the target, whilst the built in recording system records the search.
Jenny Johnston, Fundraising Lead at WightSAR said, “This kind of kit will enhance our operational capabilities and will be put to good use during our future life-saving activities. Jenny added, Generous donations such as this (by Lifeline), WightSAR would not be able to undertake its vital role, so we are extremely grateful that (Lifeline) were able to support us, especially at this difficult time”.
Cindy Newnham, General Manager at Lifeline added, “We are delighted to support organisations such as WightSAR. It has been the desire of the directors and management team here to make this donation for a long time, this has been something close to our hearts and we know this will enhance their operational abilities no end. We wish them all the success in the future. In addition we would like to thank to our supply chain partners DVS and HIK Vision for helping to make this happen” Lifeline Alarms & Security Services continue to protect Island Homes and Businesses.

WightSAR form part of the UK’s Lowland Rescue Teams