TEXSAR Expands Capabilities

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Friends of TEXSAR, Hurricane Harvey was the costliest disaster to ever strike the United States, bringing with it record flooding and catastrophic winds along the Texas coastline. Texas Search and Rescue answered the call from agencies all across Texas, providing more than 700 volunteer hours by 85 members who rescued over 700 people and pets from Harvey floodwaters. Immediately following Hurricane Harvey, the 2nd annual TEXSAR Search Party fundraiser took place on September 30th where TEXSAR members and supporters...

Hurricane Harvey Response

As Hurricane Harvey roared ashore, TEXSAR members hunkered down from Corpus Christi to Galveston. The historic storm provided TEXSAR with ample opportunities for service around the State with a variety of skill sets and resources.TEXSAR weathered the eye of the storm in Aransas Pass and Corpus Christi, emerging TEXSAR weathered the eye of the storm in Aransas Pass and Corpus Christi, emerging afterwards to provide immediate response in the Coastal Bend region. Picking through the debris in Rockport, TEXSAR rescue...

Lake Travis Recovery Search – Pace Bend

At approximately 3:30 AM on the morning of January 21, 2015, Texas Search And Rescue (TEXSAR) deployed to the Pace Bend area in Spicewood, just off of the Colorado River, at the request of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) to assist with a search for a missing man. TEXSAR deployed 8 personnel and 2 K9s, including Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR), Flood and Swiftwater Rescue (FAST), K9 and Incident Management Team (IMT) resources, in support of this request. At approximately 08:30...

Gillespie County Search

TEXSAR deployed on Sunday, January 18th at the request of Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills to assist the Sheriff’s Department and the Harper Volunteer Fire Department to search for 3 missing children. By 08:00, TEXSAR had 20 GSAR Technicians, 5 K9 Teams, and IMT personnel in the field in rural Harper TX. At approximately 09:15, the three children were safely located at a neighbors house, after spending the night outside. TEXSAR would like to thank the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office and the...

Travis County Sheriff’s Office Requests TEXSAR K-9 Support in Search of Missing Boater

On the evening of Saturday, April 26, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office received reports that a man had gone missing when his canoe overturned on Lake Travis.  STARFlight rescue swimmers were able to locate the canoe but were unable to locate the victim.  On the morning of Sunday, April 27, the Sheriff’s Office made the call to TEXSAR to request the assistance of our canine assets.  While en route to the scene, however, TEXSAR received a call that the body of...

TEXSAR K-9 Team Assists Travis County Sheriff’s Office in Lake Travis Recovery Search

“On Saturday February 22, 2014 at approximately 2330 hours, a boater in the vicinity of Hatter Cove in Lake Travis observed a fisherman on a dock fall into the water.” A search effort was immediately launched, led by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.  Unfortunately, two days of underwater searching, hampered by low water temperatures, poor visibility, and numerous in-water obstacles, yielded no results.  Sheriff Deputies decided to try a different approach and contacted TEXSAR to request the service of our...

Galveston County Operation Safe and Sound

From July 3rd to July 7th, TEXSAR and TMAR deployed to Galveston County to assist with Operation Safe and Sound from for the holiday weekend. Personnel from both groups were integrated into the operation in support roles as force multipliers for emergency responders in Jamaica Beach, San Luis Pass, and Crystal Beach as well as working in positions with the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Office. In addition to...

TEXSAR Assists Galveston County During The Commission Of The USS Fort Worth

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, TEXSAR deployed two teams to support the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management (GCOEM). The teams worked with Harris County Hazmat, Galveston Fire Department (GFD), The HELP Foundation and the Galveston Port Authority Police Department (GPAPD). The teams participated in the Incident Support Team to provide detection and observation during the commission of the USS Fort Worth and other events in the Port Authority area. Harris County Hazmat...