A 501-C-3 NON-PROFIT CORPORATION
Gila County Sheriff,
Supported only by free-will donations and
fund-raisers, TRSAR has maintained a well trained and efficient
volunteer group since 1964. Dedicated to saving lives and restoring
health to victims in the wilderness, the Squad
remains one of the finest SAR groups in Arizona.
Members must complete extensive training in such skills as Survival,
Tracking, Navigation, First Aid and CPR, Rope Rescue, ATV operation
and others. Each member must equip themselves with personal survival
equipment, clothing and gear necessary to accomplish the mission at
Under Arizona law, search and rescue groups can only respond to an
emergency by authorization of the County Sheriff's Office. If you
have knowledge of an emergency, contact your local law enforcement
office and they will activate us when the need is determined. Please
do not contact us directly, that only delays the response time by
TRSAR was founded in 1964 by GCSO Deputy Jim Blackburn to assist him
in handling the many civil rescues in the Pine-Strawberry area. At
that time, one deputy took care of all of the activities in his
area, and there were more calls than he could handle. The squad
assisted people stuck in snow as well as those lost or injured. They
were activated by any request, and did not have to wait for the
Sheriffs Office to approve the mission.
In 1977, Arizona passed a law making all SAR activity the
responsibility of the Sheriff of their particular county. That
changed a lot of procedures and was good for the future of SAR.
Workmen's compensation insurance was now implemented by the state
for all volunteers during any mission and certain approved training
missions. Better training and equipment became a reality, and better
coordination and cooperation between counties evolved.
The headquarters and name of the group changed several times. It was
called TONTO REACT for a while, and was headquartered in Star Valley
and also Payson at different times. Its headquarters and squad
currently located in Strawberry, AZ on Fossil Creek Rd.
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Search and Rescue Squad