Join Us!

We very much appreciate you considering our organization as worthy of your efforts. Before applying, please take a moment to read about what it means to be a volunteer with Red Rock Search and Rescue. Thanks!

Many people approach our organization looking to participate in some way, and one of the hardest things any volunteer organization can do is ensure that its members, potential members, and their families truly understand what it takes to be a volunteer, while at the same time not discouraging anyone from joining the team. Within the thousands of volunteer organizations throughout the country, that subject has been raised at some point and Red Rock Search and Rescue is no different. While we're always looking for dedicated, upstanding members of the community to join our team, we also want to paint a clear and fair picture of what's expected of team members. Equally, we want team members to know what they can expect from the organization. (A lot! More on that later!)

Being a volunteer for any organization takes dedication. Whether it's working a fundraiser, walking for miles looking for a lost child, or scaling a cliff to render life-saving medical attention, people depend on the volunteer to do what they said they'd do. It's that simple. Being a volunteer is no different than any other commitment, and it should be carefully considered. The potential member is encouraged to thoroughly consider what they're capable of volunteering to the team, to weigh out their available time, to realistically assess their personal capabilities, and to fully understand that living up to their commitments is not just important to the team, but to the entire community that the team serves. Whether it's a little or a lot, all of your effort is welcome and appreciated!

What's Expected Of You

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Various roles on the team have different skill and time requirements needed to fill them. However, for the average member, the minimum requirements are:

SARTech II:

The NASAR designation of "SARTech II" is for personnel who deploy in the field as ground searchers, actively searching for missing subjects. This entails any type of terrain, from mountains to deserts to city streets.

To qualify with Red Rock Search and Rescue as SARTech II, the following is needed:

  • A full FBI background check
  • A 2-hour orientation class
  • 3 hours of FEMA self-study exams
  • A 9-hour SAR 101 class introducing search & rescue concepts
  • A 3-hour Basic Investigation class
  • A 2-hour Basic Navigation class
  • A 2-hour Radio Communications class
  • CPR/First Aid/Blood-Borne Pathogen qualifications within 12 months
  • NASAR SARTech II qualification within 12 months
  • One team exercise every two months, six exercises per year

These basic requirements will turn the average person into someone who can be safely deployed into the field, who can be relied upon to be effective to the team, capable of participating in team exercises and operations as a full member. Be careful though... you might find bright orange becoming your color of choice!

SARTech III

The NASAR designation of "SARTech III" is for personnel who may deploy in the field, only not as active searchers. Instead, SARTech IIIs work the command post, drive vehicles, perform medical tasks, train others in our training center, or else handle administrative duties in our front office.

To qualify with Red Rock Search and Rescue as SARTech III, the following is needed:

  • A full FBI background check
  • A 2-hour orientation class
  • 3 hours of FEMA self-study exams
  • A 2-hour SAR 101 class introducing search & rescue concepts
  • CPR/First Aid/Blood-Borne Pathogen qualifications within 12 months
  • Various training for their role, such as communications, transportation, etc.

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Fundraising at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

We’re looking for people of all shapes, sizes, abilities, and backgrounds who want to help out their community. There are many levels which you can serve the team based on your physical abilities and skill sets, and we have a job for everyone!

Because Red Rock SAR is a volunteer team, one of our basic guidelines is that our families come first, then work, then Red Rock SAR. Even if we're called out in an emergency, no member is expected to report if it effects those first two priorities. At the same time, should a member's family or work preclude them from fulfilling their role with Red Rock SAR, the command staff asks that members make their situations clear, avoiding ever over-committing themselves.

Lastly, all members and potential members should remember that we're all volunteers! We're all dedicating our free time, and we're often working with limited resources. This makes for a different environment than what's found in a professional workplace, because in Red Rock SAR nobody does anything because they "have" to, they do it because they want to, often with fewer resources than they're accustomed to having.

For the Red Rock SAR team member, an obstacle isn't a reason to quit or complain, it's a challenge asking to be overcome!

What You Can Expect

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Commander Cummings giving a new member orientation

In the lighthearted words of Commander Dave Cummings, "This ain't a gun and barbeque club." What he means by that is - while Red Rock SAR certainly offers opportunities for socialization, friendship, fun times, challenges, and adventure, we're not a social club. Our mission and objectives are serious ones, sometimes gravely serious. As such, our commitments to training, to each other, to the public, to our effectiveness, and to our organization are taken equally serious. Our number one goal is to get the job done and do it with the best-trained personnel possible. We want potential members to understand this without any misconceptions. We're a good-natured team that loves what we do, and we have a lot of fun doing it, but we take our roles, responsibilities, and commitments very seriously.

As part of Red Rock SAR you'll learn a wide variety of skills, some which you may never thought you'd need to know, and some you may never thought you were capable of:

  • Land navigation by map, compass, and GPS
  • Ham radio technology and uses
  • Medical procedures and techniques
  • Tracking people through deserts and forests
  • Survival skills in extreme environments
  • Working with ropes
  • Working with a team
  • Motivating yourself to self-study
  • Working with the public
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And that's just for starters. As you learn these skills your progress will be tracked, and upon completion of basic training, to the applause of a sea of orange shirts around you, you'll be a full team member. Where you go from there is up to you... like many before you, you might find you like wearing an orange shirt more than you thought!

If this all sounds like you, and if you're willing to challenge yourself and serve the community like you can't anywhere else, please fill out an application. We look forward to hearing from you, and the entire team thanks you for considering Red Rock Search and Rescue as worthy of your efforts.

Thank You!

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