Wyoming Search and Rescue

The Wyoming Search and Rescue Council (SAR) will hold its next meeting on October 14, 2020, beginning promptly at 9 a.m. and is expected to adjourn no later than 4 p.m. This meeting will be held via a zoom conference. 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.

This zoom meeting is open to the public. If you wish to attend this meeting, please contact Stefanie Coomes at 307-777-5767 and the zoom access information will be provided to you. Please contact us if you need special accommodations.

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

In 2018 there were more than 310 Search and Rescue missions throughout the state. The largest number of searches took place in the month of August. The most common missions involved 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.

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.

Search and Rescue helicopter and helmet photo


Contact:

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