Get Involved


INSAR is a non-profit volunteer organization with the mission of helping to save lives through search and rescue operations as well as public education. This mission is accomplished through the combination of many different individuals coming together with a wide variety of expertise and strengths. In addition to the minimum standards to join the team, our members bring backgrounds in medicine, technical rock and ice climbing, navigation, aircraft operations, vehicle operations, leadership, business and finance, law enforcement, military service and many others. Our success is based on the collective experience and expertise of our members.

Interested in becoming a member? Our team can make use of volunteers with a variety of skills. We always have a need for volunteers in the following areas:

We have roles to fit nearly everyone within our team. If volunteering to help save a life is something that appeals to you, come to our next meeting or contact us to learn more.

Please contact info [at] insar [dot] us for more information on how to get involved.

Time and Training Requirements

All non-trainee INSAR members are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is a fact that we will not have all members available for every search or call out. We all have families, careers, school, vacations, etc. This is an all volunteer organization and you decide if you want to go on a search.

Our team has taken this into consideration in developing the following requirements to be in good standing with the team.

You will likely not meet all of the team, state and county requirements initially. We have training available, nearly all of which is free to our members, to help you meet these requirements as well as ongoing education to help you continue to refine those skills and stay current.