Carl Hamilton has been a member of Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team for 32 years having joined the team in 1985 and has been involved in hundreds of incidents including the major incident response to the Lockerbie air disaster which lasted for three weeks. During this time his involvement in Mountain Rescue has extended to Team, Regional and National level. He has served the Team in many different roles including Equipment Officer, Members Rep, Deputy Leader and Team Leader.
He has extensive knowledge and experience of co-ordinating and managing Search and Rescue incidents, including co-ordinating multi-agency involvement. He is a qualified Water First Responder and also qualified as an advanced mountain rescue casualty carer (then known as MR Paramedic) in 1990 and maintained this qualification, re-certifying every two years, until 2003.
He is a Trustee and Director of the Centre for Search Research (TCSR), a UK based registered charity. He has presented at conferences and teaches courses on all aspects of search skills and search management both in the UK and overseas to organisations including Coastguard, Police/Garda, Fire and Rescue, Civil Defence, Red Cross and Mountain Rescue. He has recently been involved in a major program of training for Irish Civil Defence and Irish Coast Guard personnel in all aspects of missing persons search and search management. Carl is currently working with TCSR colleagues and in collaboration with Newcastle University, on a major research project to establish the effectiveness of drones in search.
He continues to gain much satisfaction from giving something back and helping others. He is married, has a ten-year old daughter, lives in the beautiful rolling hills of Northumberland in the north of England and is a teacher by profession.