What Is SAR?

Every t­ime a hiker is lost in the woo­ds, the local news stations will no doubt show images of helicopters buzzing overhead, German Shepherds sniffing the forest floor and scores of people combing the woods in search of clues. This brief bit of insight into the world of search and rescue (SAR) teams is about all the general public ever sees. In reality, SAR goes way beyond these glimpses on the news — it’s an extensive emergency service performed by highly trained specialists, local law enforcement and civilian volunteers. Black River Search and Rescue utilizes many different tools and skill sets. From utilizing public announcements through social media to drones and trail cameras, and tracking with bloodhounds

What To Do And Not Do Before Calling Us

How long should I wait to call BRSAR after discovering a pet or loved one missing?

Contact us immediately when you find that a pet or loved one is missing.

What should I do if my pet is micro-chipped?

If microchipped, contact the microchip company immediately.

What does BRSAR need to help with the search?

Place any unwashed individual items of the missing human’s (last worn clothing, if possible, human’s hair brush, if unshared).

Dog’s (with only his/her scent) ziplock bags or unscented bags and seal. Items can be the collar, bed, blanket, harness, plush toys, hair from corners of the house or dog.

Is there anything I can do to help my pet find its way home?

Hang the favorite human’s unwashed clothing 3-5 feet in the air on the porch and/or fence at the home or place the dog is missing from.

Should I take my other dog out to look for my missing animal?

Do not take another dog out to look for your lost pet or person. This adds scents and makes it harder for our dogs to do their jobs.

Should I drive around looking for my lost pet?

Do not drive and call for the dog. This can cause the animal to go in different directions makingit harder to follow the scent.

Should I get people to help me search for my pet?

Do not have strangers/ lots of people out walking, looking, and calling. This can cause the animal to become frightened.

About SAR

The goal of SAR is to locate, stabilize and extract individuals and animals that are lost or are in distress. That can mean a hiker on the side of a mountain, a dog lost in the woods, missing horses, an Alzheimer’s patient wandering city streets, you name it. SAR operations cover a wide range of searches helps a multitude of victims. Each area of SAR employs techniques specific to the circumstance. From FEMA to county­ sheriff departments, expert technicians to local volunteers — SAR teams do important work all over the world every day.  


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