Tennessee Search & Rescue Tennessee 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 in remote areas.  A k-9 dog and handler trained for tracking and trailing.


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. We have team members with Open Water Diver training.


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.

About Our Team

The Tennessee Search & Rescue team was established in March 2018. Our 38 team members are from conservative Christian communities in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama, who 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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Sonar Boat

Command Trailer

GPS Tracking and Mapping Software

Inflatable Boat

Staging Trailer

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 Tennessee 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:

SARTech II  •  State Approved Boater’s Safety  •  ICS 200 & 800
Open Water Diver  •  Scuba Diver  •  Police K-9 Officer
K-9 Tracking, Trailing  •  Hazmat Awareness  •  Fire Fighter
Swift Water Awareness/Operations  •  National Park Service SAR
Helicopter Operations for SAR Responders  •  Crime Scene Preservation  •  GPS Basic Endorsement •  Wilderness First Aid

• SARTech II
• State Approved Boater’s Safety
• ICS 200 & 800
• Open Water Diver
• Scuba Diver
• Police K-9 Officer
• K-9 Tracking, Trailing
• Hazmat Awareness
• Swift Water Awareness/Operations
• National Park Service SAR
• Fire Fighter
• Helicopter Operations for SAR Responders
• Crime Scene Preservation
• GPS Basic Endorsement
• Wilderness First Aid


Simple words can never express my gratitude for you guys! Thank you for giving us some closure during such a horrible time. We will always remember the sacrifice and time you all so graciously gave.

— Family of victim

Our deepest thank to this team for bringing closure to the family, friends, and loved ones. Without your valuable assistance, that could not have occurred.

– ILEAS Regional Planning Coordinator

Ohio SAR Team Training

Our Team

Aaron Weaver
Alex Yoder
Caleb Nissley
Chris Hostetler
Delmar Graber
Ernest Helmuth
Eugene Hostetler
Jacob Evans

Jason Mast
Jason Miller
Jeremy Miller
Jeremy Peachey
Jesse Troyer
Josh King
Josh Peachey
John Mullet
Justin Miller
Kevin Wagler
Matthew Gibson
Matthew Yoder
Micah Mast
Mike Yoder
Samuel Hershberger
Samuel Bontrager
Sherwin Martin
Steve Bontrager
Westley Yoder
Weston Yoder
William Graber

Recent Activity & Incidents


Incident Location


Aug 27, 2023

Bowling Green, KY


Jul 12, 2023 - Jul 14, 2023

London, KY


May 10, 2023 - May 11, 2023

Ashbrook, MS


May 06, 2023

Bryson City, NC


Mar 30, 2023

Franklin, KY


Mar 29, 2023

Hartselle, AL


Mar 21, 2023 - Mar 23, 2023

Tiptonville, TN


Mar 17, 2023 - Apr 09, 2023

Beaver Lake, AR


Mar 11, 2023

Smithville, TN


Feb 15, 2023 - Feb 16, 2023

Sevierville, TN


Jan 31, 2023 - Feb 02, 2023

Muscle Shoals, AL


Jan 23, 2023 - Jan 24, 2023

Rock Island, TN


Jan 10, 2023

Sebree, KY


Sep 17, 2022

Nashville, TN


Sep 04, 2022

Crab Orchard, TN


Aug 25, 2022

Crossville, TN


Aug 06, 2022 - Aug 07, 2022

Crab Orchard, TN


Jul 12, 2022 - Jul 13, 2022

Moulton, AL


Jun 24, 2022 - Jun 25, 2022

Knoxville, TN


Jun 14, 2022

Dickson, TN


~ Submit Incident Report

Dates: 08/27/2023
Location: Bowling Green, KY
Operation: Water
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 07/12/2023 - 07/14/2023
Location: London, KY
Operation: Water
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 05/10/2023 - 05/11/2023
Location: Ashbrook, MS
Operation: Water
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 05/06/2023
Location: Bryson City, NC
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee, Virginia
Dates: 03/30/2023
Location: Franklin, KY
Operation: Water
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 03/29/2023
Location: Hartselle, AL
Operation: Water
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 03/21/2023 - 03/23/2023
Location: Tiptonville, TN
Operation: Water
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 03/17/2023 - 04/09/2023
Location: Beaver Lake, AR
Operation: Water
Team(s) Involved: Arkansas, Illinois, Tennessee
Dates: 03/11/2023
Location: Smithville, TN
Operation: Water
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 02/15/2023 - 02/16/2023
Location: Sevierville, TN
Operation: Water
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee

~ Submit Incident Report