Our team is comprised of dedicated, unpaid volunteers who are trained in specific areas of search and rescue. These areas include: ground search teams, man tracking, working alongside K9 search teams, search management, medical response, and logistical support. While we share rescue responsibilities as a member of the New York State Federation of Search and Rescue teams (NYSFEDSAR), we also operate as an independent organization. For this reason, we expect full participation of all members in search activities when members are available.
We have found that many prospective applicants have little knowledge of what search & rescue entails, nor how much time, energy, on-going training, equipment and personal expense it requires. While we understand that members can have busy lives outside the team, we expect serious personal commitment in both time and resources and at least five years of active membership; it can take up to two years to become a fully trained and qualified team member.
We schedule one training session per month and four general membership meetings per year. Additional training sessions may be available at various times throughout the year. Our call-outs can occur at any hour of the day or night, any day of the year. At a minimum, you will be required to maintain certification in CPR and First Aid, as well as a one-time Basic Wildland Search Skills class taught by the NYS Forest Rangers and three FEMA online courses. All classes are free of charge.
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