The NYS Federation of SAR is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit organization consisting of independent Search and Rescue teams that make themselves available to any official agency to assist in searches for lost or missing persons in New York State or the Northeast.

To contact the Federation of Search and Rescue Teams call our Toll-Free

If you have a serious emergency, call 911

Activating the Federation

The Federation provides for a “call-out” system through which any official agency may obtain Search and Rescue resources anywhere in New York state at any time. The Federation activates appropriate resources from its member search and rescue teams from around the state. Utilize the Federation call-out procedure by calling the Emergency Activation number shown above. Individual team contact numbers are shown on the Emergency Numbers page.

Notification with the Federation should be made as early in the search effort as possible. Due to geography and time, there may be a delay of several hours to obtain NYSFEDSAR support. Early notification provides for better response times. Agencies can request that resources be placed on “stand-by” or “immediate response” according to the situation. Early notification will help maximize the turnout of skilled search resources, while minimizing the response time.

Any questions regarding this procedure can be directed to a Federation Officer.

NYSFEDSAR Incident Management & Communication Plan
How to Utilize the SAR Trained Resource Team

Notify the team closest to the incident for the quickest response. We encourage agencies to place us on “stand-by” in the early stages of a search investigation rather than an immediate (and unexpected) call-out in the later stages. Members are trained to be self-sufficient and do not require support services during the first hours of a search, but they are always appreciated especially on extended searches. Each team brings different skills (K-9, technical rescue, communications) so ensure that you are asking for the proper resources when a request is made. Again, your local team can help you to make this determination. Most teams are proficient in basic land search skills, the backbone of every search. Searches are very manpower intensive and trained, experienced SAR resources can make any search effort more effective and safe. Federation resources can be integrated into local resources as “resource enhancers”, to ensure that search tasks are performed in a safe, effective, and standardized fashion.