Ohio Search & Rescue

Dispatch 855-711-8885 | Information 937-673-2370

What We Do


Our team is equipped to search, manage, or assist in missing person incidents with mapping and tracking capabilities to efficiently search and log searched areas. We also have several communication options that include stationary and portable repeaters for clear communication in remote areas. Our team also utilizes advanced drones with cameras and thermal capabilities.


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 and also have a towfish to obtain stable images in deep water. Our ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) allows us to use cameras and SONAR to clear points of interest or make body recoveries in up to 500 feet of water.


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.

Ohio SAR Team

About Our Team

The Ohio SAR team was established in June 2016. Our team members are from conservative Christian communities and are passionate about helping others.

Our goal is to be an effective resource and 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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Underwater Camera

Outland ROV

Matrice 300 Drone

Inspire II Drone

Zodiac Inflatable Boat


Staging Trailer

Jon Boat

Klein Towfish

GPS Tracking & Mapping Software

Aluminum SONAR Boat

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 Ohio SAR team members are required to hold the following certifications:

CPR & First Aid  •  State Approved Boaters Safety CourseICS 100, 200, 700, 800  •  NASAR SAR Tech II

Wilderness First Aid  •  Swiftwater Awareness

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

Firefighter  •  Rope Rescue Technician  •  ICS 300 & 400  •  EMT
  Amateur Radio Operator  •  Advanced Wilderness Life Support
MLPI  •  Paramedic  •  Registered Nurse  •  Crime Scene Preservation  •  Lost Person Behavior  •  Wilderness EMT
FAA Drone License  •  Swiftwater Technician

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Without your assistance and skill set, I am convinced the results would not have been as productive

Your team was top notch and your technology was extremely impressive. Thank you for saving not only her life that day, but for the work you perform each and every day.

You and your team have been an integral part of our mission bringing to bear resources that exceed our local capabilities. The skill, knowledge, and proficiency of your team far surpassed my initial expectations. The resources that you mobilized to assist us are greatly appreciated. In all of our interactions, your team was ready and willing to accomplish and/or attempt any function we requested of you.

lt’s comforting to both the North Canton Police and Fire Departments knowing there are organizations like yours that aid in Search and Rescue. We cannot thank you enough for your efforts.

Our Team

Recent Activity & Incidents

DatesIncident LocationOperationTeam(s) Involved
Nov 16, 2023Vinton, OHWildernessOhio
Oct 17, 2023Fredericksburg, OHLandOhio
Oct 09, 2023Corning, OHWildernessOhio
Aug 11, 2023 - Aug 13, 2023Washington, MOWaterMissouri, Ohio
Jul 22, 2023Baltimore, OHWaterOhio
Jul 21, 2023 - Jul 22, 2023Union Furnace, OHWildernessOhio
Jul 17, 2023Logan, OHWildernessOhio
Jul 03, 2023Zanesville, OHWater/LandOhio
May 31, 2023Logan, OHWildernessOhio
May 17, 2023 - May 23, 2023Oyster Bay, NYWaterOhio, Pennsylvania
May 08, 2023Hamden, OHWildernessOhio
Apr 30, 2023Dayton, OHWaterOhio
Mar 10, 2023Hammersville, OHWaterOhio
Mar 05, 2023Piketon, OHWildernessOhio
Jan 04, 2023Chillicothe, OHLandOhio
Dec 07, 2022College Corner, OHLandOhio
Nov 23, 2022Fayette, OHWaterOhio
Nov 22, 2022 - Nov 23, 2022Sheffield, OHWaterOhio, Pennsylvania
Nov 09, 2022 - Nov 10, 2022Sheffield, OHWaterOhio, Pennsylvania
Oct 04, 2022Stout, OHWildernessOhio