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Trusted and Dedicated Search and Rescue in New York State Since 1971

The Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue Team, Inc. is a professional and well-trained team dedicated to serving our community. We have a strong commitment to assisting local law enforcement agencies, NYS DEC, Emergency Medical Agencies, Fire and Rescue Departments, Emergency Management Office, and NYS Federation of SAR Teams. We strive to provide the best service possible and have the experience and resources to effectively respond to search and rescue missions.

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The Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue Team, Inc. is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization run entirely by civilians from in and around Oswego County. We are recognized by Oswego County Legislature as the official search and rescue team for Oswego County. Our mission is to serve the citizens of New York State by providing search and rescue assistance.

We are dedicated to providing our members comprehensive training in multiple disciplines of search and rescue. With a foundation built on respect and commitment, we strive to give back to our community and carry out the mission "So that others may live".

OCSAR is a proud member of the New York State Federation of Search and Rescue Teams, Inc.


Report a Missing Person

If you or someone you know is missing, please contact 911 immediately. Our team is available 24/7 to assist in search and rescue operations. We will work alongside other agencies to ensure a coordinated and effective response.


Oswego County maintains a contract with Project Lifesaver International. Project Lifesaver is a non-profit organization whose goal is to assist in the location of lost people who have Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome, Dementia, Autism and other related disorders. Project Lifesaver partners with law enforcement and other public safety agencies, providing the equipment and training necessary to aid victims and families living with these disorders.

Statistics have shown a dramatic increase in the number of people who have Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome, Dementia, Autism and other related disorders.

All of the law enforcement agencies in Oswego County have certified Project Lifesaver Field Technicians. When someone with a Project Lifesaver transmitter bracelet wanders off, the Oswego County Sheriff's Department, local law enforcement and the Oswego County Search & Rescue Team are dispatched by the 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center. Specially trained personnel will respond with the special Project Lifesaver receiver units used to pinpoint the lost client's location.

On average nationally, the recovery time of a client who has gone missing with the Project Lifesaver bracelet is 30 minutes. Because Project Lifesaver results in the rapid location of lost persons the rate of success is impressive. In over 4,119 searches conducted nationally - there have been no reports of persons who have gone missing suffering from serious injuries. Nor have any fatalities been reported.

The 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Department has made the commitment to perform all administrative duties associated with this program.

For more information about Project Lifesaver, contact the 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Department business office at 315-349-8215 or 1-800-679-3911, or click on the link below.

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