Ground Search and Rescue Recruitment Event
Sunday, 09 March 2014 16:00

Ground Search and RescueThe McLean County Emergency Management Agency is actively recruiting for its Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) team. Because of increased mission deployments throughout the State of Illinois over the past three years, the Agency is seeking to grow the team substantially. If you've been seeking a way to give back to the McLean County community through public service, this is an excellent opportunity!

When someone is lost or missing, our community relies on trained professional volunteers to respond. Our team combines lost person behavior, land navigation, multi-type searches, and organized search theory to located a variety of subjects. Volunteering in the Search and Rescue discipline is immensely rewarding. McLean County EMA's GSAR team is a leader in the State of Illinois and is often deployed on a variety of missions around the state throughout the year. 

We will be hosting an Open House for prospective members to learn more about Search and Rescue in McLean County and how to serve with the McLean County EMA GSAR team. 

WHEN: Thursday, April 10 at 6:00 pm
WHERE: McLean County Law and Justice Center (104 W Front St, Bloomington, IL)


• Information session
• Asset display (mobile command posts, search and rescue equipment trailer, support vehicles)
• Opportunity to sign-up for applicant screening and interviews






For more information, view our Ground Search and Rescue Brochure by CLICKING HERE.

Ready to register to attend the open house? CLICK HERE to RSVP before April 9, 2014.


Photograph Credit: David Proeber, The Pantagraph

Ground SAR Team Receives ISARC Re-Validation
Sunday, 24 March 2013 07:23
2013 GSAR Team ISARC Re-ValidationThe McLean County EMA Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) Team received its re-validation from the Illinois Search and Rescue Council (ISARC) on Saturday, March 23, 2013. The team successfully completed the land navigation portion to earn its validation which will remain in place until 2016. Validation with the ISARC is a process by which established teams demonstrate measured competency in the mechanics of wilderness search and rescue by executing an efficiency search and completing a land navigation course. Teams that pursue and receive validation are recognized by the council as a vetted search and rescue organization which can be called upon for deployments throughout the State of Illinois.