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The Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue Team, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through search and rescue operations. We accept new members through our SAR Academy. The 80+ hour curriculum is a thorough introduction to search and rescue techniques and meets the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) minimum requirements for search and rescue training. The training academy is open to all interested individuals looking to join a central New York SAR team and is offered at $150 per student to cover the cost of student manuals and supplies.  Our SAR Academy covers a wide range of topics such as map and compass, global positioning systems, grid searches, man-tracking, wilderness survival, radio communications, search techniques, cold weather emergencies, and crime scene preservation. We also train our members in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to ensure that our team works efficiently in times of crisis. Students should be in good health, must be at least 18 years of age, and capable of passing a moderate physical fitness test.  With our experienced and knowledgeable members, we can provide the highest level of search and rescue services. We recently completed our 2024 Academy. Our next SAR Academy is expected to start in early 2026.  Application Deadline is 1/31/26

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SAR Academy Class of 2022

OSWEGO and ONONDAGA COUNTIES – Thirteen new recruits are now qualified to join the Oswego and Onondaga County volunteer search and rescue teams after completing the 2022 Search and Rescue (SAR) Academy.

Upcoming Events

  • Lost Person Behavior Class
    Lost Person Behavior Class
    Sat, Jul 20
    Emergency Response Training Center
    Jul 20, 2024, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Emergency Response Training Center, 720 E Seneca St, Oswego, NY 13126, USA
    Jul 20, 2024, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Emergency Response Training Center, 720 E Seneca St, Oswego, NY 13126, USA
    Lost Person Behavior is the cornerstone of many search and rescue efforts. Based on an ongoing landmark DHS funded study, this is the definitive guide to solving the puzzle of where a lost person might be found. Sign up now, class size is limited to 24.
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  • SAR Academy Graduation Picnic
    SAR Academy Graduation Picnic
    Sun, Jul 21
    Oswego
    Jul 21, 2024, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Oswego, 41 Lake St, Oswego, NY 13126, USA
    Jul 21, 2024, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Oswego, 41 Lake St, Oswego, NY 13126, USA
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