Responsibilities of SAR (Search and Rescue) Organizations

Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC)AFRCC

This SAR organization is the the United States’ inland search and rescue coordinator. It is responsible for coordinating on-land federal SAR activities in the 48 contiguous United States, Mexico and Canada.

The AFRCC operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The center directly ties in to the Federal Aviation Administration’s alerting system and the U.S. Mission Control Center. In addition to the Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking information, the AFRCC also has information of other federal or state SAR operatives and helps them conduct or assist in SAR efforts throughout North America.


United States Air Force Pararescue pararescue-emblem-180-180-150x150

This SAR operative is a United States Department of Defense combat force trained to conduct personnel recovery in both conventional and unconventional combat rescue operations. They execute the most perilous, demanding, and extreme rescue missions across the globe.


Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) | FEMA 800px-FEMA_logo.svg

They are a government based type 1 USAR Task Force (70 members) and are responsible for quick response to emergencies or disasters (e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes, e.t.c.). They include different teams such as: search team (canine), rescue team, hazmat team (deals with hazardous chemicals), medical team, logistics team (plans the operation), and a plans team (structural engineers)

To maintain reliability and availability two groups rotate 12 hour shifts which can arrive at a disaster scene within 24 hours.

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