Who We Are
Community Search and Rescue (CommSAR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all-volunteer Search and Rescue agency covering the Northeast United States; with a great emphasis on preventative education and awareness programs for individuals, and groups. We not only search for the lost in the wilderness but also maintain trails in the woods, participate in inter-agency exercises, and organize community seminars. We save lives through prevention, skill, and collaboration.
CommSAR was founded in the Winter of 2014. Like-minded outdoor enthusiasts got together and formed CommSAR with the goal of being a highly trained organization that will be dispatched by law enforcement, and able to execute professional SAR missions backed by national training and first-rate technology. Likewise, we set a goal of creating an Outreach and Education division to disseminate safety and prevention handouts and articles within the community and at summer camps in order to prevent searches in the first place.
It’s been more than five years since our inception and fortunately, our goals are being realized. To date, we have participated in dozens of searches, attended many exercises and drills with SAR groups and park rangers, conducted several seminars, exhibited at community fairs and camp expos, and published dozens of safety articles.
CommSAR works hand in hand with law enforcement and local organizations. We're proud to enjoy a great working relationship with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference as well as other local and national outdoor organizations. CommSAR is a Member Club of the Trail Conference and maintains 8 miles of trail in Harriman State Park and Kakiat Park (Rockland County, New York).