Tennessee Search & Rescue Tennessee Search & Rescue

What We Do

Wilderness

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.

Water

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.

Disaster

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

• 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

Testimonials

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

Ohio SAR Team Training

Our Team

Aaron Weaver
Alex Yoder
Caleb Nissley
Caleb Weaver
Chris Hostetler
David Weaver
Delmar Graber
Ernest Helmuth
Eugene Hostetler
Freeman Weaver
Galen Detweiler
Jacob Evans
Jason Mast
Jason Miller
Jeremy Miller
Jeremy Peachey
Jesse Troyer
Jonathan Yoder
Josh King
Josh Peachey
Joshua Graber
Joshua Weaver
Justin Miller
Kenneth Beachy
Kevin Wagler
Marlin Byers
Marlin Yoder
Matthew Gibson
Matthew Yoder
Micah Mast
Mike Yoder
Samuel Hershberger
Samuel Massey
Stanley Weaver
Steve Bontrager
Westley Yoder
Weston Yoder
William Graber

Recent Activity & Incidents

Dates

Incident Location

Operation

Aug 23, 2021 - Aug 24, 2021

Waverly, TN

Disaster-Flooding

Aug 21, 2021 - Aug 28, 2021

Caryville, TN

Wilderness

Jul 31, 2021

Lancing, TN

Wilderness

Jul 15, 2021

Lobelville, TN

Wilderness

May 27, 2021

Crossville, TN

Water

May 14, 2021 - May 22, 2021

Pikeville, TN

Wilderness

May 08, 2021

LaFollette, TN

Wilderness

Apr 29, 2021

Knoxville, TN

Wilderness

Apr 19, 2021

Dripping Springs, TN

Wilderness

Apr 05, 2021 - Apr 06, 2021

Linden, TN

Wilderness/Water

Mar 28, 2021

Crab Orchard, TN

Water

Dec 29, 2020

Alfo, KY

Land

Dec 09, 2020

Stearns, KY

Wilderness

Oct 27, 2020

Auburn, KY

Wilderness/K9

Jul 31, 2020 - Aug 01, 2020

Lancing, TN

Wilderness

Jul 20, 2020 - Jul 21, 2020

Gurley, AL

Water

Jul 14, 2020 - Jul 15, 2020

Elkton, TN

Water

Jul 12, 2020

Mt Hope, AL

Wilderness

Jun 23, 2020

Barren River, KY

Water

Jun 07, 2020 - Jun 08, 2020

Jamestown, KY

Water


~ Submit Incident Report

Dates: 08/23/2021 - 08/24/2021
Location: Waverly, TN
Operation: Disaster-Flooding
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 08/21/2021 - 08/28/2021
Location: Caryville, TN
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 07/31/2021
Location: Lancing, TN
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 07/15/2021
Location: Lobelville, TN
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 05/27/2021
Location: Crossville, TN
Operation: Water
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 05/14/2021 - 05/22/2021
Location: Pikeville, TN
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia
Dates: 05/08/2021
Location: LaFollette, TN
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 04/29/2021
Location: Knoxville, TN
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 04/19/2021
Location: Dripping Springs, TN
Operation: Wilderness
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee
Dates: 04/05/2021 - 04/06/2021
Location: Linden, TN
Operation: Wilderness/Water
Team(s) Involved: Tennessee

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