Joining SAR-OH is easy. We have outlined the 3 primary steps below. The basic requirements are that you are 18 years or older, have a clean criminal history and be willing to commit the time to training.


SAR-OH does not conduct a once a year recruiting class

like some SAR teams. We will incorporate you into our

standard trainings and work with you to get you

the skills that you need. Our training is

based on the environment and situations that

we experience in Ohio.


SAR-OH does not have any K9s on the team. We partner

with several K9 teams that provide the K9 resources.

Our primary focus is Search Management and

Ground Searchers.



-  You do not need experience!

-  We are all volunteers and understand time            constrains.

-  Our ability to serve the community is directly          related to the number of volunteers that we          have.

Step One


Come meet everyone! We hold meetings or trainings three times a month where you can come and learn more.


Send us an email or fill out the contact form below. We will contact you with location information and answer any of your questions.

Step Two


So you have met some members of the team and want to join. Now comes the paperwork. A membership packet will be provided to you with the required application forms. You will need to have a FBI background check completed. This typically can be done at your local police department or most BMV Offices.

Step Three


Once your paperwork is complete you will begin your 90 day probation period. In this time period you must pay your annual $35 dues that help mitigate your insurance. You will also need to complete FEMA's free courses IS-100 & IS-700 online.

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As you participate with the group in field trainings and exercises, you will have the capability to complete the field training requirements and the required field task assignments, call-out qualified workshop and pack check. You will then have attained the basic pre-requisites necessary to move from probationary status to active membership. Once an active member, you have the capability to respond to missions with the team.


Minimum gear list required to respond to missions.

  • SAR-OH uniform BDU pants

  • Sturdy Boots

  • Red SAR-OH shirt or ASRC uniform shirt

  • Water container of one or two liter capacity

  • Day pack

  • Five large, heavy-duty plastic trash bags

  • Food for 48 hours

  • Headlamp (or hands-free flashlight) and second light source

  • Lighter, matches and candle, or equivalent fire source

  • Knife

  • Multi-tool

  • Compass

  • UTM grid reader

  • Personal First Aid Kit

  • Waterproof pen/pencil and paper

  • Whistle

  • Two pairs plastic or vinyl examination gloves

  • Leather Work Gloves

  • Safety Glasses

  • Respirator

  • Knee Pads

  • Climbing Helmet (3 point strap contact, ANSI certified)

  • Sharpie

  • Webbing (enough length to make an ASRC seat harness)

  • 2- Carabiners

  • 2- Prussic Cords