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National Search And Rescue Committee

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The National Search and Rescue Committee is a federal-level committee formed to coordinate civil search and rescue (SAR) matters of interagency interest within the United States.

2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE *  Washington DC 20593
Phone: (202) 372-2090  *  Facsimile: (202) 372-8357*
Email NSARC Secretariat here  

NSARC Member Agencies
Logos from the seven different agencies that make up the National SAR Committee

DHS Dept of Homeland Security
Assistant Commandant for Response Policy / Office of Search and Rescue
U. S. Coast Guard
USCG Search and Rescue Program  
FEMA Urban Search and Rescue   
DOD Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD); Defense POW/MISSING Personnel Office
U. S. Air Force
USAF Rescue Coordination Center
DOS Department of State Ocean and Polar Affairs 

Department of Commerce

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

DOT Department of Transportation


DOI Department of Interior National Park Service         
U.S. Geological Survey
FCC Federal Communications Commission


NASA National Aeronautics and
Space Administration
NASA SAR Mission Home Page


United States SAR Publications
    U.S. National Search and Rescue Committee (NSARC) Interagency Agreement - 2016 NEW
    National Search and Rescue Plan of the United States - 2016 NEW
    U.S. National Search and Rescue Supplement to the IAMSAR Manual

Catastrophic Incident SAR
    Catastrophic Incident SAR Addendum (Version 3.0)
    Emergency Support Function #9 - May 2013
    USCG Incident Management Handbook (May 2014)
    FEMA Documents and Links
        FEMA Directive: Use of the United States National Grid (092-5)
        National Preparedness Goal (First Edition) September, 2011
        National Preparedness System (February 2016)
        National Planning System Fact Sheet
        National Response Framework Resource Center
        National Response Framework (2nd Edition) - May 2013
        Overview of the National Planning Frameworks - May 2013
        Catastrophic Incident Annex
        National Incident Management System (NIMS)
        National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) Version 1.4
        Joint Field Office Aviation Branch Operations Manual (September 9, 2009)
        FEMA National Incident Support Manual (February 2001)
        FEMA Incident Action Planning Guide (January 2012)
        National Urban Search and Rescue Response (SAR) System
        FEMA Training Website
        FEMA Urban SAR Website

Mass Rescue Operations
    Coast Guard Passenger Vessel Safety Program
    USCG MRO Planning Guidance
    National SAR Supplement on Mass Rescue Operations
    International Maritime Organization (IMO) Guidance Documents
    Alaska Maritime Mass Rescue Operations Job Aids
    Costa Concordia Summary of Emergency Response Management, 2012
    Black Swan After Action Report Executive Summary, August 5, 2013

Maritime SAR
    U.S. Coast Guard Addendum to the United States National SAR Supplement

Land SAR
    Inland SAR School
    Land SAR Addendum
    Helicopter Rescue Techniques "NEW"
    Swiftwater Rescue Manual "NEW"
    Technical Rescue Handbook "NEW"
    A Simple Guide to Conducting Ground Search and Rescue Detection Experiments (VOL I)
    A Simple Guide to Conducting Ground Search and Rescue Detection Experiments (VOL II)
    Integrated Detection Experiment Assistant
    Sweep Width Estimation for Ground Search and Rescue
    Compatibility of Land SAR Procedures with Search Theory
    A Method of Determining Effective Sweep Widths for Land Searches; Procedures for Conducting
        Detection Experiments
    Australian Land SAR Manual
    Good Samaritan Laws for Every State

International SAR
    List of IMO Documents and Publications
    Australian National Search and Rescue Manual

    Rescue at Sea: A guide to principles and practices as applied to migrants and refugees (2015)
    United Kingdom, Department of Transport, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Search and Rescue
    Canadian National Search and Rescue Manual
    Irish Coast Guard, Irish National Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) Framework
    International Manual for Aircraft Coordinator
    Guide for Cold Water Survival
    Maritime SAR Regions
    Search and Rescue Contacts

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