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. It’s in 2 parts:

  • Part 1: background, scope and responsibilities of UK search and rescue and its strategic and operational management
  • Part 2: authorities and organisations which play a significant role in the provision of search and rescue in the UK