FAQs

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What is SARRT?

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SARRT stands for Search and Rescue response Team. We are a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to to providing highly trained and equipped resources to aid law enforcement in their tasks of finding and rescuing missing persons.

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Where is SARRT based?

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We are based in New York State's Capital Region.

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What are SARRT’s areas of operations?

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SARRT is not a regionally-based search and rescue team. We go where we are needed. While our primary area of operations are Upstate New York and New England, we can operate in other areas for searches and in times of disaster or national emergency as needed. 

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What types of search operations does SARRT perform?

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SARRT is a technical search and rescue team, we operate in varying types of terrain. We are deployed by law enforcement and other first response agencies as needed. We do not self-deploy based on tips or reports on our website or toll-free phone number.

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Am I qualified to join SARRT?

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SARRT’s operations are a true team effort that require a synchronized response from our members with a wide range of experience and skills. From our Active Field Members and K9 handlers to our Logistics and Communications team, we are always seeking highly motivated people willing to be a team player and learn. Contact us today if you feel you have something to offer the team. 

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What is an Active Field Member?

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Active Field Members are SARRT members that are eligible to be deployed in the wilderness. They are held to a high training standard to ensure the safety and efficiency of the team. There are many positions within SARRT that are not Active Field Member positions that may be stationed at Incident Command or in vehicles performing team duties.

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Are there training and fitness requirements for Active Field Members?

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Yes, there are baseline skills and fitness requirements that prospective Active Field Members will have to complete before being cleared to take part in an active search operation. SARRT values the safety of our team and those we are tasked to help. Our requirements prevent having an incident within an incident. SARRT Training Officers have the final decision on individual readiness. Training for field operations will be provided to all SARRT team members by in-house, industry or first response experts.

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I feel my dog may be a good candidate for K9 SAR, what are the next steps?

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Search and rescue dogs possess a special skill set that make them invaluable assets to the teams and the communities they serve. All of the dogs that work with SARRT pass a health and workability screening before accepted into training and then onto the team. To maintain operational standards and safety, SARRT can not comprise on the skills of our K9s as they are a valuable and lifesaving resource. Our K9 officers and trainers have the final decision as to readiness. If you feel that your dog would be an asset to our team, please contact jculver@sarrt.org.

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Is my donation of services, gear, a K9 or funds tax deductible?

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Yes, SARRT is a certified 501(c)(3) organization. You will be provided with complete documentation of your donations.

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How do I report someone missing?

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SARRT is called out by law enforcement. Please contact local law enforcement immediately. If you need assistance, this link may provide you with the contact information of the agency closest to you. https://www.policeone.com/law-enforcement-directory/

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Will SARRT look for my missing pet?

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SARRT does not deploy resources to search for missing animals.

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Who can I contact for more information?

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You can contact our Public Information Officer at pio@sarrt.org.