In 1956 Explorer Search and Rescue (ESAR) was formed in King County starting with one explorer post. Search and rescue (SAR) was in its infancy in the United States and many of the current SAR practices and tactics were developed by the founders of the ESAR program. ESAR has grown in Washington with 9 counties supporting active ESAR programs. A state organization, Washington ESAR, (WESAR) was formed to ensure consistent standards and training were maintained to provide a quality program throughout the state.
In 1965 the second ESAR unit was formed in Pierce County. It has grown over the years into one of the premier organizations in the Search and Rescue community in the State of Washington.
Pierce County ESAR has significant ability in communications, navigation, first aid, search techniques and administrative skills. ESAR is known as one of the best equipped, best trained and most active ground units in Washington.
Federal, State, County and City agencies use ESAR's trained personnel and resources in a variety of situations. (from
King County Explorer Search and Rescue (ESAR) is the largest of nine units in the King County Search and Rescue Association (KCSARA). The 100% volunteer organization was founded in 1954 as the first youth based search and rescue team in the nation. ESAR is the county's primary ground search and non-technical rescue unit, and responds to over 60 missions a year in both King County and around the state of Washington. (
http://www.kcesar.org/) Cal-ESAR got it's start in California because of King County and the other Washington state ESAR units that helped pioneer the use of Scouts for search and rescue and establish the program we use today.
California Department of Parks and Recreation manages more than 270 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California. These treasures are as diverse as California: From the last stands of primeval redwood forests to vast expanses of fragile desert; from the lofty Sierra Nevada to the broad sandy beaches of our southern coast; and from the opulence of Hearst Castle to the vestiges of colonial Russia.
California State Parks contains the largest and most diverse natural and cultural heritage holdings of any state agency in the nation. State park units include underwater preserves, reserves, and parks; redwood, rhododendron, and wildlife reserves; state beaches, recreation areas, wilderness areas, and reservoirs; state historic parks, historic homes, Spanish era adobe buildings, including museums, visitor centers, cultural reserves, and preserves; as well as lighthouses, ghost towns, waterslides, conference centers, and off-highway vehicle parks. These parks protect and preserve an unparalleled collection of culturally and environmentally sensitive structures and habitats, threatened plant and animal species, ancient Native American sites, historic structures and artifacts . . . the best of California's natural and cultural history.
Responsible for almost one-third of California's scenic coastline, California State Parks manages the state's finest coastal wetlands, estuaries, beaches, and dune systems. Our workplace consists of nearly 1.4 million acres, with over 280 miles of coastline; 625 miles of lake and river frontage; nearly 15,000 campsites; and 3,000 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. (From the "About Us" page at
Dedicated to Yosemite - Yosemite Conservancy preserves the park for future generations. We restore trails and scenic lookouts, and protect habitat and wildlife. Visitors also enjoy our educational programs and facilities. Let our in-depth park knowledge help you plan your visit. (from the home page)
NASAR is an education association comprised of thousands of dedicated paid and nonpaid personnel - all active or interested in search and rescue, disaster aid, emergency medicine and awareness education. We are a self-supporting, nonprofit association acting as the country's admirable servant in furthering the advancement of professional, literary and scientific knowledge and training in these fields. We are interested in all aspects of search and rescue - the humanitarian cause of saving lives - throughout the United States and around the world.
Response to persons in distress has long been an honorable, charitable tradition. The professionals in search and rescue have carried on this tradition of helping others by dedicating time, information, skills, equipment and funding to the relief of suffering. We are actively working toward the development of improved coordination and communications among federal, state, local and volunteer groups. Our primary goal is to aid in the implementation of total, integrated emergency response, rescue and recovery system. (From the NASAR - About US page)
The Bay Area Search And Rescue Council (BASARC) was formed in 1990 to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and information, establish working groups to develop common training, communications and management skills, and to promote professionalism in the Search and Rescue community. Made up of the more than 1000 volunteer members, BASARC represents 20 separate Search and Rescue Organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.