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Cooperation in Search and Rescue: Volunteer Teams and Paid Agencies

In the discipline of search and rescue (or SAR), more assistance generally means a more effective operation. Availability of search technicians and equipment is a major determining factor in the speed at which aid can be rendered. This is why asking for outside assistance in search missions can truly be the difference between life and death. Cooperation between volunteer teams and paid agencies is a win-win situation for a number of reasons.  Some SAR teams are composed...

When are SAR Teams are Called Upon

The response to an incident involving people who are lost, missing, or endangered frequently involves a search and rescue (or SAR) mission. Incidents such as these are frequently (but not always) related to recreational outings, criminal activity, medical issues, or disasters. Let’s take a look at a few different situation types that may call for a SAR mission! One classic example of a scenario that warrants a search and rescue operation is someone who becomes lost or...

SAR Week Proclamation – Hays County

Tuesday, May 18th(Hays County, Texas) – The Commisioners Court will recognize May 23rd – May 29th as Search and Rescue Awareness Week. This acknowledgement falls right at the start of hurricane season and is a stark reminder of the Memorial Day Flood that occurred on the evening of May 23rd and early morning hours of May 24th, 2015 in Wimberley, Texas. TEXSAR (Texas Search and Rescue) has worked in conjunction with the emergency services throughout Hays...

TEXSAR Responds to Winter Storm

Winter Storm Uri reeked havoc on the entire state of Texas beginning Valentine’s Day weekend 2021. Ice and snow covered the entire state. Texas infrastructure is not equipped for weather and temperatures that Texans faced which led to power outages, water shortages, and extensive home damages. TEXSAR stepped up to the plate to provide for their communities. TEXSAR members supported water and food distribution across the state and prepped to work warming stations if necessary. These volunteers stepped up even though...

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