"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 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
- 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