TEXSAR: Texas Search and Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in May, 2005. TEXSAR was formed to provide local, state and federal agency personnel with critical back-up support when emergencies occur, involving such things as wildland fire, flood and swift water rescue, and search and rescue. Limited staff resources in many law enforcement offices today mean a well-trained, responsive and coordinated volunteer assistance program like TEXSAR is welcome. With more than 180 highly trained volunteers, TEXSAR is deployed by the Governor of Texas; local, state and federal agencies; and relief organizations. There is never a charge for TEXSAR's services.
In 2016, TEXSAR was called to action on more than 48 incidents. They helped in the search in Alpine, Texas, for ZuZu Verk, were called in to help with the Caldwell County Balloon accident, as well as engaged by the Texas Rangers on several missing persons cases. In addition to deployments by Law Enforcement, TEXSAR also assists Galveston County on Bolivar Peninsula during major holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Independence Day, acting as a force multiplier for safety.
TEXSAR members are certified in many Search and Rescue disciplines, such as Flood and Swift Water Rescue, Ground Search and Rescue, Man-tracking, Vertical Rescue, K9 Search and Rescue, Incident Management.
TEXSAR has been involved in the following activities:
-Missing Person Searches (including ZuZu Verk)
-Central Texas Floods
-Air Search Operations
-Large Event Safety and Support
-Community Service and Education
-Disaster Relief (including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Isaac)
-Support/Rehab for Central Texas Fires
-Victim Extractions and First Aid
TEXSAR operates with a part-time Executive Director and the support of its all-volunteer members. The members are financially responsible for their training, equipment, and deployment expenses.
What TEXSAR needs in order to be fully effective are key items of equipment to use during search and rescue emergencies, from boats, motors, and trailers, to fire fighting equipment, medical equipment, and K-9 GPS units (and more). Staging equipment with each of the five state-wide teams allows our response time to be much more immediate. The focus of our Amplify Austin 2017 campaign will be on funding equipment for emergency use.
"TEXSAR is an invaluable resource for law enforcement and public safety, and I will not hesitate to call on them for assistance in any search and rescue incident." ~ Police Lieutenant at City of Georgetown
"TEXSAR is a vital resource and force multiplier for Nueces County during emergency response and pre-incident planning. The training and professionalism exhibited by this volunteer organization sets a standard of excellence." ~Danielle Hale, Nueces County Office of Emergency Management
All TEXSAR members are required to complete a series of basic training modules from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) before they can participate in active deployments.
To apply or find out more information, go to www.texsar.org/volunteer.
Texans Helping Texansby Karen Knox
During 2016, TEXSAR responded to 48 Search and Rescue incidents across Texas, answering the call from Texas Rangers, Sheriff Departments, and Offices of Emergency Management. In July 2016, TEXSAR responded to the site of the Lockhart Hot Air Balloon Crash, the deadliest balloon disaster in United States history. We were instrumental in aiding the National Transportation Safety Board with evidence collection and photo documentation of that tragedy. In October 2016, TEXSAR dispatched to Alpine, a small west Texas town, to help search for a missing Sul Ross University co-ed, ZuZu Verk. In December 2016, TEXSAR searched for a missing 9-year-old Autistic child in Pearland, Texas. We recently received a letter from Captain Corey Lain of the Texas Rangers, commending TEXSAR for our critical assistance in solving the murder and assault case in Portland, Texas in 2016, and thanking us for our service and professional response when they call.
We don't charge for our services. Donate now to support TEXSAR and be another Texan Helping Texans.