Search and Rescue


The Johnson County Department of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Team was established in 2012 under the authority of the Johnson County Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. We are an all-volunteer organization that serves the residents of Johnson County and surrounding areas.

We conduct ground search and rescue operations in wilderness, rural, and rural-urban interface. We work with other area agencies to best serve the residents and guest to the area.

What We Do

Scenarios in which we might be utilized include lost or missing hikers, hunters, children, dementia patients, and other endangered individuals. We do not search for individuals wanted in conjunction with a criminal case.

We can also provide preventative search and rescue information to the public and groups that helps teach children and adults how to stay safe in the outdoors and what to do in the event they do get lost.

Our Training

Our members are trained in

  • search and rescue strategies and methodologies
  • lost person behavior
  • wilderness survival
  • CPR/first aid
  • land navigation using map/compass and GPS
  • man-tracking
  • basic low angle rope rescue and patient access
  • communications
  • search canines
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS)

Interested in joining or helping out?

Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings as a guest or prospective member. There are numerous roles you can help fill on the team including:

  • field searcher
  • communications
  • command staff
  • support staff
  • GIS/mapping
  • photographer or videographer for trainings
  • Role-player during mock searches

We have monthly meetings on the forth Thursday of the month and quarterly weekend field trainings.

If you are interested in joining the team or want more information you may contact us at our Facebook Page or via our Contact Form.




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