* About Us *

Who We Are / What We Do

Founded in 2004 by Jim Rawley, RICSAR has evolved into a
respected, responsive, and professional canine SAR team.   Our
members are a diverse group of SAR professionals who each bring
experience and knowledge to all team trainings and deployments.  
We are an all volunteer group, and are dedicated to saving lives and
providing closure for families who’s loved ones have been missing,
for whatever reason.  In 2011 RICSAR will be a registered not-for-
profit 501© organization.

Our collective experience enables RICSAR to provide Wilderness
Search and Rescue, URBAN Search and Rescue in the event of a
natural or man-made disaster, water rescue/recovery and cadaver
search and recovery.  We also function as an education asset to the
community.  Most of our members have participated in multiple
wilderness searches.  Some of our members have been utilized for
natural disasters (like Hurricane Katrina).   We have all been involved
with community outreach to help the public understand how to be
safe in the wilderness.  

We work closely with law enforcement, primarily the RI State police,
who dispatch us as the need arises.  Effective searches for missing
people require a systematic and multi-disciplinary approach, and
therefore, we are only mobilized when called upon by the RI State
Police or other qualified agency.   We can not respond to searches
for missing people from individuals.  We do not participate in
searches for missing pets. We primarily serve Rhode Island, but are
available throughout New England, and even beyond, if called upon.
Our combined experience  and training includes:

Wilderness Search and Rescue

Cadaver Search and Recovery

Urban Search and Rescue/Recovery

Water Rescue and Recovery

Scent Theory

Land Navigation

Canine behavior theory

Canine obedience proficiency

Canine first aid and CPR

Child/Adult first aid, CPR and AED

Wilderness First Aid and Remote Recovery

Canine assistive therapy and service

Crime scene protocol

Helicopter operations
RICSAR  To Serve so that others may live.
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