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Our mission is to provide trained search and rescue personnel for basic ground search, field emergency medical care and the extrication of victims in both wilderness and urban environments upon the request of existing county agencies and to provide any requested support to the Centre County Sheriff's Office.
Arising from interest and need... From dedication to the communities that we proudly serve... Striving, learning, teaching, ever moving forward, We Are: The Centre County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue "So that others may live..." The idea was born in our minds years ago as we matured through the ranks of local EMS organizations, fire services, branches of law enforcement and as members of this beautiful region of Central Pennsylvania. It took a conversation on a hot August afternoon to finally make the idea, finally a reality. August 5, 2000 A chance meeting between two EMS colleagues who would later become the Commander and the Training/Operations Officer of a yet unnamed organization tossed some plans and ideas around. The very first meeting of the Centre County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (CCSOSAR) was held shortly thereafter with three members in attendance. That meeting covered a barrage of topics from a mission statement, to training ideas, to the officer hierarchy, to even the length that pocket knives could be. Many months of meetings and mounds of paperwork became the norm after that---By Laws, Training Standards, many "in your face" sessions hashing out initial procedures, and the full support of Centre County's Sheriff, Denny B. Nau in our organizational efforts. Initial interviews were held in January, 2001 at the Centre County Courthouse, establishing a core base of officers and volunteer personnel who continue to grow and strive to make CCSOSAR one of the most progressive, formidable, and professional search and rescue teams in the State of Pennsylvania.
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