Search and Rescue - What images do these words bring to mind?
> Field searchers combing a wooded area looking for a lost child or Alzheimer's victim?
> High angle specialists lowering down a cliff face to reach an injured person?
> Search dogs working through debris looking for victims of a tornado or other disaster?
Any one or all of these images could be correct descriptions of a search and rescue (SAR) operation. There are many situations where a highly trained search and rescue team can make the difference between life and death.
Search is an Emergency!
Most people assume that search teams are part of their local police or fire departments. However, with increasing demands on local law enforcement and the limited funds that most cities have to budget, a specialized search and rescue team is rarely practical. What is frequently called upon are search and rescue teams from the "private sector". These teams are made up of people just like you from all walks in life. People who are making a commitment to learn the needed skills, join the action, and make a difference in the lives of others.
First Response is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax exempt, Texas corporation with a team of trained volunteer professionals who donate their time to assist law enforcement in the search for lost and missing persons. These search and rescue operations occur day and night, in all types of weather and usually at the most inconvenient times. However, the personal satisfaction you will feel when a lost person is found and returned to their family, due to you and your team, will make the time and effort worthwhile.
The simple facts are: Anyone can sit at home and look at the destruction on television. Anyone can feel sorry for the lost child and their family. Anyone can donate money to a cause, but it takes someone special who will accept the challenge, get out, and make it happen.
If that special someone is YOU and you want to be a part of a positive and growing team of professionals, we want to hear from you. CLICK HERE for more information about the team and about our application process.
Our Team Structure
First Response Search and Rescue Team is managed by a Board of Directors using standard business practices in our day to day operations. By operating as a business instead of the typical "club" structure of other SAR teams allows us to provide a consistent product to our "customer" (law enforcement agencies) and allow our team members to concentrate on our extensive training program.
Within your first year you will be ready to challenge the national certification exam for search and rescue technicians as established by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR). But the challenge doesn't end there. You can continue learning the many specialty areas such as man tracking, search management, communications, or you may want to become a canine specialist and own your own search dog.
Once you are past the basics, YOU choose the area that interests you and we will help you to become the best you can be...
. . . . That Others May Live.
SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM
New Member Candidates
All too often, well meaning people wait and hope that the lost or missing person will simply "turn up". When you consider the extremes of our local weather and the danger of urban predators that prey on our children, time is critical.
When a life is in danger it is never too early to call in a trained search and rescue team. Any search and rescue team would rather be called to the scene to find that the missing person had already walked to safety, than arrive too late to save a life.