Search & Rescue

Search and Rescue Teams

Local first response agencies and volunteer organizations are the backbone of Search and Rescue (SAR) programs in North Carolina as in the rest of the country. N.C. Emergency Management is the lead state coordinating agency for several types of SAR teams. Search and Rescue teams for multiple types of hazards are available for statewide deployment through the statewide Mutual Aid Agreement. These resources come from many different backgrounds including law enforcement, fire, EMS, and rescue squads, and are comprised of both paid and non-paid professionals.

The North Carolina Search and Rescue Program is comprised of highly specialized resources from across the state that represent five core mission areas: urban, swift water, helicopter, wilderness and mountain.  

State SAR teams are a compilation of local resources that are supported through various grants. The state Search and Rescue Program is completely supported through federal grant funds and local sponsoring agencies. North Carolina also sends teams to other states to help out during disasters through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. 

Requests for state Search and Rescue teams must go through the Local Emergency Management Coordinator.  For SAR assistance during small or large incidents, have the Incident Commander contact the Local Emergency Management Coordinator who then can request direct assistance from the State Emergency Operations Center's 24 hour Operations Center.

Contact us:

Todd Brown, Emergency Services Supervisor, (919) 825-2259

Charles Laird, Search and Rescue Coordinator, (919) 825-2272


EMAC reimbursement form