Spartanburg Search & Rescue
To provide a well-trained and disciplined search and rescue team to assist
any requesting governmental or SAR agency in search and rescue operations.
Starting in March 2016, Verified Volunteers will now conduct the background
checks for SCSAR. All SCSAR members are required to have these new checks
completed by 4/1/16. We have been very impressed with the thorough nature
of their checks and the monthly rechecks offered by this service. As
always, we strive to provide highly trained, credentialed, professional and
6/2/17 - Robbinsville NC Search
A special thank you to the 10 SCSAR and SCSARDA members who assisted with a
search in Robbinsville, NC on 6/2 with very short notice. We were notified
about the search around 10:30pm on 6/1 and still had enough personnel to
produce two dog teams, a river search team, and a member dedicated to
comm's. With a great team effort by all, the missing grandmother and
granddaughter were found alive and well.
5/18/17 - Moore SC Search
A special thank you to the 21 SCSAR and SCSARDA members who assisted with a
search in Moore SC last night/early this morning. For those who were there,
it was unique in nature but with a great outcome. The gentleman arrived at
his apartment this morning way outside of the search area (4.6 miles from
PLS - as the crow flies) Once again, we can't say enough about our team who
searched the swampy/marsh area until the early morning hours and were
willing to go the entire night if asked to do so - great job by all
2/3-2/5 - NC SAR Exercise
From 2/3-2/5, 14 of our members attended the Richmond County NC SAR Exercise
at the Millstone 4-H Camp (awesome location, great food, nice cabins, top
notch). Overall, it was a great experience. We had the opportunity to
complete 5 task assignments and had just began our 6th when the subjects
were found for the last time. Our team had a find on Saturday night and
overall, we cannot say thank you enough for those in NC giving us the
opportunity to participate. During this exercise we had the opportunity to
polish existing skills, acquire new ones, and most importantly, continue to
build teamwork and camaraderie among our SAR family. Thank you again to
those who made it all happen and to those who chose to participate in this
great exercise opportunity.
2/1/17 - Woodruff SC
Woodruff search today for 52-year-old with dementia - first SCSARDA/SCSAR
ground team deployed located him in the woods - great teamwork by everyone -
This was very textbook and we are fortunate to have received numerous MLSO
and dementia trainings from Roland
Hamrick and Teepa
the last 5 plus years
1/22 & 1/28 - Wellford, SC Search
On 1/24 and 1/28 SCSARDA/SCSAR searched for a missing person and we can't
say enough great things about those who participated in one or both days. It
was a great team effort with just enough downtime to have a 30 minute lunch
donated by Bojangles in Lyman. Once again, a special thank you to everyone
and thoughts/prayers to all involved.
12/18/16 - Greenville SC - Search
Members from SCSARDA and SCSAR were activated to Greenville SC to search for
a 14 year old autistic child who had been missing for 18 hours.
Several hours into the search, with huge
assistance from the media and the Greenville County Shierff's office the boy
was located 10 miles from the PLS.
10/26/16 - Henderson NC - Search
Members from SCSARDA and SCSAR were activated to Rutherfordton NC to search
for missing subject. Very shortly after the activation our Dog/flanker
team located the missing individual. It was a great team effort by
Spartanburg County SC - MLSO Training
Members from SCSAR and
Henderson County Rescue took a two weekend, 34 hour course in Managing Land
Search Operations. This was the third time we have offered this training
to our SAR members. The course was taught by Roland Hamrick of
SCSLLC out of Shelby NC.
8/21/16 - Spartanburg County SC - IMT Training
Members from SCSAR,
SCARDA, Southern Pride and Henderson County Rescue took a 16 hour weekend
training course on Local All Hazard Incident Management Teams. This was
the first time we offered this course to our SAR members. It was taught by
Roland Hamrick and Jeffrey Cardwell of SCSLLC out of Shelby NC.
Abbeville County SC
Saturday morning at
6:00am SCSAR, SCSARDA, and a Georgia Dog Team began a search operational period
in hopes of helping find a missing fisherman. It was a great team effort
and any pertinent information found was given to the proper authorities.
6/23/16 - Avery County NC
Late Wednesday night
we received the call regarding a search in the Linville area for a missing
person to commence at 8am on Thursday. With it being during the week, a
few of our members took vacation days and made the trip. We were there at
7:45am and broke up into a dog team and ground search team. Both teams
worked tirelessly but unfortunately were unable to locate the missing subject.
Two days later he was located a 1/4 mile outside of our assigned search area.
Please keep his friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.
6/5/16 - Chester County SC Search
Late Saturday night we
received the call regarding a search in Chester County for a missing sky diver.
Following the ENS activations and some personal texts, we mustered up 20 plus to
help find this individual (only a few pictured below). While the outcome
wasn't what we wanted, we're glad he was found. Please keep his family in
your thoughts and prayers. Below is a pic from the Chester SC search and
of course, more are on our facebook. Thanks again to so many who were able
to come out to one or all three SCSAR events that took place the first weekend
6/4/16 - Conestee Park Activation
SCSAR made a rare appearance in Greenville County to help assist with finding a
missing man with advanced Lou Gehrig's Disease. Fortunately, the man was
able to locate a church and the proper authorities were notified. However,
I can[t say enough about our team, their willingness to come out (many
absolutely exhausted), and show their dedication to SAR. Below is a group
pic with most of the people who made it to Conestee on 6/4.
6/4/16 - Mock Search
A special thanks to SWW and all of our
volunteers (100 who committed showed) for coming out on a very hot Saturday in
June to do a Mock Search. Also, a special thanks to Roland Hamrick and one
of his colleagues for evaluating. All in all, a lot of great lessons
learned. The entire exercise, whether the Friday night setup, the actual
exercise, or the hectic teardown due to an actual activation exemplified team.
It was a great job by everyone. Below is a picture from the exercise and
as always, more are on our Facebook.
4/10/16 - Teepa Snow Seminar
A special thanks to
Teepa Snow for coming out and doing an all day, 2 session
seminar on Dementia. As always, she is the best at what she does and we're
very fortunate she agreed to come back and share her knowledge and expertise
with is. Below is a picture and more pictures and videos are on our
- 4/6 - Mills River Search
A special thanks to our ten SCSAR
volunteers who came out one or both days of the Mills River search. Please
know how much we appreciate everyone of of you for taking time away from you
jobs and families. Also, a special thank you to SCSARDA for your continued
support and partnership. There would not be an SCSAR without an SCSARDA
and all of the wonderful volunteers from both search groups. As always,
everyone with SCSARDA was great as were all of the agencies involved with this
search effort. Thanks again everyone.
2/20/16 - Oconee Search
With the Oconee search we were to limit the number of our
personnel to 8 as the focus was working the dog teams. Therefore we
chose 8 for this search and within 3 hours of our arrival one of our partnering
teams, NCSARDA, located the subject.
2/13/16 - Mock
About 50 SAR members attended our
on February 13 at the Spartanburg Water Works. Overall,
it was a very positive learning experience and gave our mapping
communication teams a great opportunity to continue to increase their
proficiency in various mapping areas. A special thanks to the 2 scout
troops who were our lost subjects in the woods and a special thanks to the
awesome volunteer turnout.
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Here's what you'll want to bring
More info on our News Page
and on our Calendar
Every 1st Wednesday of each month those on our
mapping team meet to test computers, discuss mapping software and much more.
In addition, on the 4th Wednesday of every month our Communications team
meets to administer operational and technician level comms training.
Begining on 5/2 SCSAR will a NASAR FUNSAR course for all of its members.
The course is free as SCSAR assumes all costs. See calendar for
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