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Chatham Emergency Management Agency's Search and Rescue (SAR) Team continues to grow and boasts nearly 35 active members.  Since the team's inception in May 2010, members have assisted law enforcement in dozens of searches involved missing persons. 

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Team members are trained and certified in Search and Rescue.  The training members undergo focuses on man-tracking skills, clue identification, route and area searches, land navigation and rope skills.  In addition to the training, members of the CEMA SAR Team are required to carry a fully equipped 24 hour pack.  

Ongoing training for the team doesn't stop.  CEMA SAR Team meets regularly and conducts exercises that are as close to a real life search as possible.  In December 2011 the team was part of a Helicopter Rescue Training exercise conducted by Southside Fire Department that took place near Skidaway Island.  The SAR Team aided SSFD and the United States Coast Guard in the exercise mission and the "stranded" person was lifted to safety.  The team has also attended Lost Person Behavior training, which aids SAR members if ever confronted with searching for an Alzheimer's patient or even a person with Autism.  SAR Members have also participated in Search Management Training.  CEMA Duty Officers also attended training, in order to work along side both SAR members and police if needed to assist in a search. CEMA SAR Team has also been recognized by the Chatham County Commissioners or assisting law enforcement in several searches that ended successfully.   

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It's the commitment from team members and their ongoing training that provides local public safety officials with an additional resource.  It's CEMA's goal to continue the mission of the SAR Team, so when that call comes again, the team will be ready. 

 

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If you are interested in joining the SAR team, contact CEMA's office at 912-201-4500, email Chelsea Sawyer at clsawyer@chathamcounty.org, or download and fill out the Volunteer Application. You must be in good physical health and be available for call-outs. 









Last Updated: February 23, 2017 3:30 PM

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