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Niagara Frontier SAR


Area Serviced Primary AOR is the 8 Counties of Western NY. Members willing to travel throughout NYS or Northern PA.
Activation (716) 858-2903 Erie County Sheriff's Communications Center
Skills 50 total members – 47 Active members. All active members NYS DEC Basic Wildland Search Qualified; 20 DEC Crew Bosses, 20 NASAR SARTECH II/5 SARTECH III Certified;
Type III, Type II, and Type I search trained. One NYS certified air scent K9, 4 air scent K9 in training, 1 NYS cadaver certified K9.

Team capable of self-sustained 24 hour search operations in all-weather and low-angle terrain, and supporting low- and high-angle rope rescue and severe winter operations.


1 Max 6-wheel amphibious ATV with winter tracks and VHF radio/litter capable; all supplies necessary to carry out a grid search.

Radios Call sign WQOJ843 (7 dedicated VHF frequencies plus VTAC, MURS and Wilderness SAR), 30 VHF portable radios, 1 transportable 25W mobile station with antenna. All radios programmed with DEC Forest Ranger Frequencies.
Medical 1 MD, 1 Paramedic, 8 EMT, 15 WFA. All members certified in Basic First Aid and CPR.


20 members NYS Rescue Technician Basic certified for low-angle technical evacuation, 10 members NYS Rope Operations or higher certified for high-angle evacuation.

Maps MapTech ® Terrain Navigator Pro for NYS.
Additional Look for us on Facebook; (website under construction)
Contact Information 
Niagara Frontier SAR Team
P.O. Box 82
Orchard Park, NY 14217-0082
Len Pratt
(716) 439-6048 (H)
(716) 510-5983 (C)
Vice President
Mike Roth
(716) 512-2561 (C)
Jim Pankow
(716) 432-9690 (C)
Kathy Galus
(716) 417-7078 (C)