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Mission Statement The National Association for Search and Rescue, Inc., (NASAR) is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to advancing professional, literary, and scientific knowledge in fields related to search and rescue. NASAR is comprised of thousands of paid and non-paid professionals interested in all aspects of search and rescue - the humanitarian cause of saving lives - throughout the United States and around the world. "...that others may live."
Response to persons in distress has long been an honorable, charitable tradition. The professionals in search and rescue have carried on this tradition of helping others by dedicating time, information, skills, equipment and funding to the relief of suffering. We are actively working toward the development of improved coordination and communications among federal, state, local, and volunteer groups. Our primary goal is to develop and provide professional credentialing products and services for your search and rescue community.
Western State Search and Rescue Coordinators, employees from the National Park Service, and other Emergency Managers, founded the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) in 1972. The focus of these founders was education in Search Management; the theory of search, search planning and the management of search incidents.
In the 1980's, the National Association of Search and Rescue continued to expand into the management of search incidents with the adoption of the National Wildland Interagency Group's Incident Command System (ICS) as the best practice of incident management. While the focus of the education efforts remained in Search Management, membership was opened to local Search and Rescue (SAR) Organizations and individual SAR Volunteers.
In the early 1990's, the SAR Managers realized that they needed trained SAR responders. NASAR began to develop education course and certification for the SAR responders. Membership began to expand to include sudents of these education/certification programs and more individual SAR volunteers.
In the late 1990's focus of the Association shifted towards the volunteer SAR responder and diverse SAR disciplines including Search Dogs.
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