TEXSAR: Texas Search and Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in May, 2005 that expanded from a Ground Search and Rescue (SAR) team to a fully capable, multi-discipline Search and Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue, Wildland Fire, and Disaster Response team. TEXSAR is currently a National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type II Wildland SAR team and is on pace to be a NIMS Type I team.

All TEXSAR member-volunteers are certified according to State and Federal standards, and the organization operates solely under the Emergency Management System and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). TEXSAR member-volunteers have extensive Incident Command Systems training and are highly disciplined.

In addition to its SAR capabilities, TEXSAR operates an Incident Management Team (IMT) which can assist agencies with incident response and special event planning. Our Planning and Operations sections are trained by the National SAR School in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force. We use the latest software to assist in focusing search assets on the highest probability areas during the critical first hours of an incident and throughout subsequent operational periods, allowing us to recommend and implement initial actions based on dependable factual and statistical data.

TEXSAR maintains an operational relationship with many SAR and Incident resources around the State of Texas.  These relationships allow us to deploy highly trained resources quickly in most areas of the state.  TEXSAR also has an extensive Certified Instructor Cadre in several Emergency Management disciplines. We provide training for emergency preparedness, Incident Command System, Search and Rescue, and FEMA Response for groups and organizations including our Texas Military Forces and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), which respond to natural and other disasters.


Team Capabilities

  • Search and Rescue
  • K9 Search and Recovery
  • Incident Management
  • Technical Rope Rescue
  • Flood and Swiftwater Rescue
  • Wildland Fire
  • Disaster Recovery and Relief
  • Field Rehab and Resources

How We Are Deployed

TEXSAR deploys at the request of the Governor of Texas; state, local and federal agencies; local law enforcement; and relief organizations (e.g., American Red Cross). When deployed, the organization operates strictly using the Incident Command System (ICS). If deployed by local law enforcement we act as a function of that department and answer directly to them. However, we do not perform actual criminal law enforcement duties, we can act as needed in a support role for the department.

Training and Readiness

TEXSAR prides itself as being in a constant state of readiness. This means TEXSAR member-volunteers are not only geared up and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, but they are also continually training and exercising all opportunities to further our education and ability to perform our duties. There is no charge for TEXSAR’s services to requesting agencies.

TEXSAR also provides emergency preparedness training to many organizations and train Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), which assist their communities during incidents respond to natural and other disasters.

What We Have Done

  • Disaster Relief (including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Isaac)
  • Central Texas Floods
  • Large Event Safety and Support
  • Missing Person Searches
  • Support/Rehab for Central Texas Fires
  • Victim Extractions and First Aid
  • Air Search Operations
  • Canine Searches
  • Water Searches
  • Shelter Operations
  • Community Service and Education

TEXSAR has established working relationships with various area responder organizations, among them:

TEXSAR is also proud to have affiliated memberships in: