Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2013 Vol. 60 No. 12

Texas Search and Rescue

“Texans Helping Texans”

Texas Search and Rescue

Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR) is a volunteer first responder organization with teams in the Austin, Dallas, and Galveston areas focused on Search and Rescue (SAR), incident response, and disaster response. Our units are self-sufficient and do not require financial or logistics support from requesting agencies. There is never a charge for services to requesting public safety agencies in Texas.

During the first 10 months of 2013 TEXSAR responded to 12 deployments, 5 planned events and provided formal, certified training to 7 agencies. The deployments have ranged from Big Bend to North Texas to Central Texas and Galveston. The work has included search and rescue, victim recoveries, flood evacuations, swift water rescues and Fire Department/EMS support during special events. These deployments to serve our fellow Texans required over 4000 miles of travel and a contribution of more than 4,966 hours by TEXSAR members and a substantial number of hours from our many trusted partners.

TEXSAR works with a network of volunteer and public safety agencies to provide Texas first responders with prompt incident response with credentialed resources that operate using the ICS model. We provide certified Search and Rescue training to our Texas Military Forces partners and other agencies.

Highlights for 2013 operations, so far, include swift water rescues and recoveries during the October 31 Central Texas floods when members and partners recovered three persons that lost their lives.

Central Texas floods  Central Texas floods  Central Texas floods
Search in Big Bend to Rescue a Lost Hiker
Big Bend Ranch State Park Search       Big Bend Ranch State Park Search       Big Bend Ranch State Park Search
Recovery Search in Coke County, Texas
Recovery Search in Coke County, Texas

Also deployments to support Galveston County first responders during holiday periods, a rescue in Williamson County, recoveries in Bastrop, Young, Galveston and Travis Counties. TEXSAR Incident Management Team members deploy on each incident as well as when requested to support planned events for our partner agencies.

A donation of surplus equipment, vehicles or related items is always appreciated. TEXSAR is sustained through the support of our public safety community and our fellow Texans. For more information please visit Texas Search & Rescue or call us 24/7 at (512) 994-4727.

Operation Safe and Sound II     Operation Safe and Sound     Operation Safe and Sound

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