Wyoming Search and Rescue

Students at the University of Wyoming in the Outdoor Recreation Tourism and Management degree researched issues Wyoming Search and Rescue is facing. With the help of SAR stakeholders, we found the main issues in Wyoming’s SAR teams by sending out a survey to all the team members and sheriffs and taking personal interviews of a few key stakeholders. 

If you are lost or need immediate assistance please call 911 or your local sheriff's office.

Wyoming search and rescue personnel conduct an average of more than 300 missions annually across the state for those who become lost or stranded. 

The most common missions involve searches for people who were hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing/snowboarding, or they were motor vehicle related. Although several of the people rescued were from out of state, a higher number of them were Wyoming residents.  

You can see more statistics at www.wohs.us.

In Wyoming, people frequently need the assistance of Search and Rescue. No matter how small or large the situation might be, Search and Rescue volunteers are there to help get people home safely. 

Here are some steps you can take to increase your chances of being rescued.

Search and Rescue helicopter and helmet photo


Ashley Paulsrud 307-777-4907 ashley.paulsrud@wyo.gov 

The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security serves as the account manager and operates using guidance from W.S. 19, Chapter 13, Article 3 and the Wyoming Search and Rescue Council (SAR). Council members are appointed by the governor. By statute the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security (WOHS) director serves as executive secretary to the council. 

Search and Rescue is defined as the employment, coordination and utilization of available resources and personnel in relieving distress, preserving life and removing survivors from the site of a disaster, emergency or hazard to safety in case of lost, stranded, entrapped or injured people. 

The goal of the Wyoming Search and Rescue Council is to assist Wyoming sheriffs, who are charged by state statute to conduct SAR operations, with the execution of this mandate by fostering quality search and rescue resources throughout the state and providing reimbursement for eligible expenditures.