Search and rescue framework (UKSAR)

Strategic overview and organisation of search and rescue in UK and Northern Ireland.



The UK and NI provide a comprehensive search and rescue service for those reported in trouble either on land, on water or in the air and for those reported missing. The framework describes the model for the organisation and communications infracture of search and rescue co-ordinators and search and rescue units.

This UKSAR framework parallels and supports the UK’s wider civil contingencies arrangements.

Published 1 April 2008
Last updated 28 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. Altered description text to reflect that the new version of the document now comes in only one part.
  2. Updated to the latest Search and rescue framework (UKSAR) document dated Jan 2017.
  3. First published.