Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue Facts (Courtesy of Tazewell EMA Search and Rescue)

  • 50,000 – Estimated number of wilderness search and rescue (SAR) missions in the United States each year
  • 65-85% – Probability of locating a subject with a properly trained SAR team.
  • 25-35% – Probability of locating a subject with an untrained SAR team
  • 40% – Portion of SAR missions in National Parks called out to tend to hikers
  • 10 Hours – Duration of the average search
  • 1 hour – Survival time for a person immersed in 40 degree water
  • $32,000 Average daily cst to operate a full-scale search and rescue operation
  • Men 20 to 25 years old – Group most likely to be SAR targets, followed  closely by men between 50 to 60 years of age

The following pages contain information about Search and Rescue (SAR) Resources in different states.