​The Hudson-Mohawk Search and Rescue Team is a Not-For-Profit 501(c)(3) corporation that provides search and rescue service to NYSDEC Area 4, the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, and western New England.

Our philosophy is to provide our organization’s volunteers with training in SAR techniques and methodology and to provide emergency response organizations with highly trained personnel to assist in SAR situations.

Our membership is very diverse with various professional backgrounds.  We focus on specific training for our membership to provide the most appropriate assistance to the requesting agency.

Board of Directors 2021

Hudson Mohawk Search and Rescue

Who we are:

K9 Unit

What we do:

The HuMSAR K-9 Unit is a sub-group within Hudson-Mohawk SAR Team. HuMSAR’s K-9 Unit is a wilderness rescue tool dedicated to finding lost subjects and saving lives using trained and certified handler/dog teams in conjunction with the HuMSAR Team Organization, functioning under the authority of jurisdictional agencies.

The K9 Unit specializes in Live Find Air-Scent and Cadaver, so our dogs are certified in either or both.

The K9 Unit will only accept K9 Handler applicants that are current members of the SAR Team, that have all applicable Advanced training completed and with the experience of at least three actual searches with our Team.  All HuMSAR members are eligible to flank Handler/K9 teams once they have received the applicable training.

Hudson Mohawk Search and Rescue, Inc. is established to assist DEC, Law enforcement, fire, EMS and any other emergency services in search, rescue, and recovery situations utilizing our expertise and experience to support the requesting agency in whatever capacity necessary.

HuMSAR is prepared to assist agencies or work alone in an area search for missing persons, gathering evidence and information that can help lead to a successful outcome. This includes line searches and hasty searches of a given area or trail.

Our primary area of operation is NYSDEC Region 4: Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Schoharie Counties. We will also respond to any call in Eastern/Central New York and Western New England, as well as the Adirondack and Catskill Parks when requested.


President: Fran Kelly

Vice-President: Sue Chouiniere

Secretary: Kathy Kelly-Gervais

Treasurer: Steve Longtin

Team Leader: Dan Chouiniere

Assistant Team Leader: Brian Simon

Training Officer: Gilbert Santiago