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 SARA – Southern Arizona Rescue Association

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SARA membership is open to anyone interested in search and rescue, and helping to enhance public outdoor safety in southern Arizona. New applicant recruitment is held once a year and here is the 2018 SARA Applicant schedule of events:

  • Orientation Meeting 1 – Thursday, June 21, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Orientation Meeting 2 – Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Applicant Hike and Selection – Saturday, August 11, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Attending one of the Orientation Meetings is mandatory and a requirement to apply for selection. Orientation Meetings are held at the SARA House, 5990 North Sabino Canyon Road, just north of the Sabino Canyon Visitor’s Center, , (click here for a Google map). Your significant other is welcome to attend the meeting with you.

Newly selected candidates must complete medical/first aid training, as well as SARA basic search and rescue training in order to be field qualified. Candidate field training is conducted throughout the fall, followed by medical/first aid classes from February until May.

For more information, please contact us by mail at Southern Arizona Rescue Association, PO Box 12892, Tucson, AZ 85732-2892 or email SARA at

 SRDI – Southwest Rescue Dogs, Inc.

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The SRDI training program is very demanding for both dogs and handlers, requiring a commitment of large amounts of time and dedication. All dogs are required to have a current and valid shot record provided by a veterinary clinic. Desirable traits for search dogs include basic obedience, control, mild temper, good socialization, and a strong play drive.

At least one year is needed to reach the following goals:

1. Handler first aid/medical certification.
2. Training and certification in Basic Wilderness Tracking and Air Scenting.
3. Specialty training in areas such as cadaver, evidence, and water searching
4. Ongoing continuing education and proficiency training.

Those interested in joining SRDI are encouraged to attend the monthly SRDI meeting held the first Wednesday of each month at 18:00 at the SARA House at Sabino Canyon, (click here for a Google map).

You may also request more information about joining by emailing us at SRDI at

 Pima County Search & Recovery Divers

Pima County Search & Recovery Diver candidates must hold an advanced open water scuba certification. Surface support candidates must know how to swim and tread water.

If you are interested in joining the Pima County Search & Recovery Divers, please attend one of our monthly meetings. Please check the latest issue of the SARNews newsletter for meeting details.

For more information about joining Divers, you may also write to us at Pima County Search & Recovery Divers, PO Box 13961, Tucson, AZ 85732-3961 or email us at

 SAMSAR – Southern Arizona Mounted Search & Rescue

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If you are interested in learning about how to join SAMSAR, please email us at or visit the SAMSAR web site.

  CAP/NCS – Civil Air Patrol, Neotoma Composite Squadron

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Those who are interested in joining the CAP/NCS should attend one of our meetings held each Sunday from 15:30 to 18:00 at Mountain View Fire Department #160 located at 1175 West Magee Road in Tucson, (click here for a Google map). You may also email us at or visit our web site.

 Mounted Posse

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If you are interested in joining the Mounted Posse, please email us at or visit the Posse web site.

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