Long Island Search and Rescue

....that others may live

   Interested in Joining

"If your response to seeing a burning building is to run away, you're human. If you see a burning building and want to run in and help, you're a candidate for search and rescue."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Chris Padden, Team Leader LISAR


            Every year many children, elderly parents, outdoor enthusiasts, etc get lost. Their families' lives could be changed forever if not found. We can't change the course of events that have happened, but we can help by assisting police, fire departments, or other accredited agencies in bringing loved ones home to their families. This is not a job for everyone. It takes time, commitment, training and above all a love for Search and Rescue work. But, if your in good health, and willing to help, you can become part of our energetic team that can be activated here on Long Island as well as New York State.

          Long Island Search and Rescue is looking for energetic and dedicated volunteers. Volunteers will become trained in the art of survival among the wilderness, as well as perform search and rescue missions for lost individuals. Our team consists of K9 handlers, individual man-trackers, high altitude climbers, land group searchers, and etc. In the future, we are looking to expand our team into swift water rescue, avalanche rescue, and cave rescue.

          If you have any of these interests and would like to join  (you do not have to be experienced ... we will teach you all the way. Initiative is all we ask ...) Click on the link below.

          Training is done weekly (Saturday or Sunday). On Thursday, all certification requirements are held in class.  If you love the outdoors, then this is the group for you. All certifications are approved courses registered with the National Search and Rescue (NASAR) and the New York Federation of Search and Rescue (FEDSAR).   

New Member Orientation and  Classes for Basic Search and Rescue start on:


New member Orientation: Thursday December 18th 2014 in Bohemia

Long Island Search and Rescue SAR Academy begins on:
Saturday January 3rd 2015

* Please note: The SAR academy is a mandatory requirement for all new Search and Rescue Volunteers. It runs 10 weeks and is an intensive class that will cover all of the basic Search and Rescue skills needed to have a basic understanding of Search and Rescue. Cost is $100.00. This is only used to cover the cost of some of the printed material handed out to the students and the cost of the Search and Rescue exam that all volunteers must take within their first year on the team. The test is an Industry Standard Test and is recognized nationwide.

New incoming members while awaiting the start of the new class can start the learning process by completing the following list of classes;   FEMA independent study online courses. Click on the “ISP course list” to view and take courses. Required courses are as follows:

  •     IS100.b    Introduction to Incident Command System  
  •     IS200.b    ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

  •     IS700.a    National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction  

  •     IS800.b    National Response Framework, An Introduction 
  •     IS809       Emergency Support Function (ESF) #9 – Search and Rescue

  •     First Aid/CPR

  •     Bloodborne Pathons

  •     Crime Scene Preservation

  •     Haz-Mat Awareness

  •     Compass: Get a compass with a large sighting mirror like Silva Ranger 515CL.
        Amazon.com sells this compass for under $50.00 Do not make the mistake of  
        getting the 515CLQ(The Q stands for quadrents). You need the compass to read 
        0° - 360°

  •     Text Book needed: Fundamentals of Search and Rescue, ISBN: 0763748072


  Click HERE for the Pre-App




Requirements of Active Members

  • Willingness to volunteer skill, time, and effort for the good of lost and endangered persons.
  • Basic First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Completion of required ICS courses
  • Attendance of most weekly meetings
  • Attendance of most weekly trainings
  • Attendance of special details