Arkansas Search & Rescue Arkansas Search & Rescue

What We Do


Our team is equipped to search, manage, or assist in missing incidents with mapping and tracking capabilities to efficiently search and log searched areas. We also have portable repeaters for clear communication.


Our team has multiple boats and trained team members that can assist with searches for drowning victims. We utilize state of the art side scan SONAR.


Our team is available to assist in the aftermath of tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. We can assist with clearing areas and searching for survivors as well as tracking and managing the search and recovery efforts. Our team is trained to use the NIMS framework as well as the FEMA marking system for seamless integration with other teams.

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About Our Team

The Arkansas Search & Rescue team was established in August 2016. Our 24 team members are from conservative Christian communities and are passionate about helping others.

Our goal is to be an effective resource to assist local law enforcement, EMS, fire departments, park services, and other responsible agencies with missing person searches.

We strive to maintain proficiency in our skills and work hard to stay current in training and equipment. Since our team is volunteer based, we do not charge for our services. Our ultimate goal is to show the compassion and love of Christ to people in distress.

Our Equipment

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Aluminum Sonar Boat

Command Staging Trailer

GPS Tracking & Mapping Software

Our Training

Our team works hard to be proficient at what we do. We take our certificates and training seriously and do what we can to increase our knowledge of search and rescue topics. This continued training increases our efficiency and makes our scenes safer for all involved.

All Arkansas SAR team members are required to hold the following certifications:

CPR & First Aid  •  ICS 100 & 700

• CPR & First Aid
• ICS 100 & 700

Many of our team members are certified in the following areas:

ICS 200 & 800  •  SARTech II
State Approved Boaters Safety Course

• State Approved Boaters Safety Course
• ICS 200 & 800
• SARTech II


God was definitely with us Saturday. We are so thankful for all of you. Without y’all we would have never gotten out of there.

— Wife of injured hiker rescued by the AR SAR Team

The attitude, dedication and toughness of your guys is exactly what we need more of in the SAR community.

— Grant County SAR

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Our Team

Austin Hostetler
Eric Hostetler
John Kaffman

Kenyon Hostetler
Layne Hostetler
Leon Hostetler
Mark Farmwald

Marion Sommers
Matthias Miller
Nathan Kropf
Preston Sommers

Regan Swartzentruber
Seth Christner
Sid Hostetler
Vernon Hostetler

Recent Activity & Incidents


Incident Location


Jul 01, 2023 - Jul 08, 2023

Webber Falls, OK


Apr 14, 2023

Lake Village, AR


Mar 17, 2023 - Apr 09, 2023

Beaver Lake, AR


Nov 12, 2022

Barnes, AR


May 07, 2022

Jasper, AR


May 01, 2022

Mulberry, AR


Apr 12, 2022

Checotah, OK


Mar 27, 2022

Compton Trail, AR


Mar 12, 2022

Hagarville, AR


Feb 27, 2022

Sparda, AR

Nov 13, 2021

Nashville, AR


Oct 09, 2021

Ponca, AR


Apr 10, 2021 - Apr 11, 2021

Dover, AR


Mar 27, 2021

Compton, AR


Mar 26, 2021

Kingston, AR


Mar 22, 2021 - Mar 24, 2021

Jasper, AR


Aug 16, 2020

Rocky Comfort, MO


Jul 02, 2020 - Jul 03, 2020

Franklin County, AR


May 31, 2020 - Jun 01, 2020

Hagerville, AR


May 25, 2020

Witts Springs, AR


~ Submit Incident Report

Dates: 07/01/2023 - 07/08/2023
Location: Webber Falls, OK
Operation: Wilderness/Water
Team(s) Involved: Arkansas, Oklahoma
Dates: 04/14/2023
Location: Lake Village, AR
Operation: Water
Team(s) Involved: Arkansas
Dates: 03/17/2023 - 04/09/2023
Location: Beaver Lake, AR
Operation: Water
Team(s) Involved: Arkansas, Illinois, Tennessee
Dates: 11/12/2022
Location: Barnes, AR
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Arkansas
Dates: 05/07/2022
Location: Jasper, AR
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Arkansas
Dates: 05/01/2022
Location: Mulberry, AR
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Arkansas
Dates: 04/12/2022
Location: Checotah, OK
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Arkansas
Dates: 03/27/2022
Location: Compton Trail, AR
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Arkansas
Dates: 03/12/2022
Location: Hagarville, AR
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Arkansas
Dates: 02/27/2022
Location: Sparda, AR
Team(s) Involved: Arkansas

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