Southern Arizona Mounted Search And Rescue, Inc.

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SAMSAR - Southern Arizona Mounted Search and RescueSAMSAR is an all volunteer, non-profit, mounted search and rescue unit serving the Pima County community. We are the primary provider of mounted search and rescue services for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. SAMSAR’s members have 50+ years of combined experience and are dedicated to continuously train, educate and maintain mounted unit(s).

Each SAMSAR team consists of a rider along with their horse or mule, all of which have undergone rigorous training and field experience in order to meet field certification requirements. Training is a vital part of search and rescue. both the rider and their horse or mule must be ready to tackle any given situation or terrain at a moment’s notice.

SAMSAR - Southern Arizona Mounted Search and RescueHere are just some of the basic training requirements necessary for field qualified SAMSAR members:

Outdoor first care class and advanced first aid certification

Professional Care Giver CPR certification

National Incident Management System courses

Ham radio license

Field training, including tracking

A horse or mule that is solid and completely spooked proof, because your animal is half of your team.

Please visit the SAMSAR website at or check out the current issue of the SARNews newsletter for more information on SAMSAR.  You can also follow SAMSAR on Facebook to stay up-to-date on our events!


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SAMSAR - Southern Arizona Mounted Search and Rescue