Rescue Association, (SARA), is a non-profit, all-volunteer
search and rescue organization serving southern Arizona and Pima
County since 1958. SARA members are volunteers from all walks of
life, donating their time, skills and enthusiasm to provide a vital
service to the public.
members receive extensive training in all aspects of
search and rescue work including wilderness searching, cave rescues,
high-angle and technical rescues, swift water rescues, mine rescues,
and outdoor safety education. Members are also required to
regularly recertify both their medical qualifications and technical skills.
typically responds to more than 100 search and rescue missions each
year, representing more than 4,400 hours of volunteer time at no
expense to taxpayers. Whether the mission is a technical cliff
rescue or a multi-day search, day or night, whatever the weather,
SARA members are on call. Members provide their own personal
equipment; however, group assets such as SARA vehicles, radios,
ropes and technical equipment are paid for by individual and corporation
donations, as well as public funding.
membership is open to anyone interested in helping to enhance public
outdoor safety in southern Arizona. Field qualified members must be
in good physical condition, attend and pass first aid and rescue
training classes and provide their personal outdoor clothing and
gear. All new members must complete medical/first aid training and
SARA Basic search and rescue training prior to becoming field
qualified. Complete training and medical certification can take up to ten
months to complete.
For more information
on how to join SARA, please visit the
page of this website or contact us by mail or email at:
Southern Arizona Rescue Association
PO Box 12892
Tucson, AZ 85732-2892
SARAJoin @ sarci2.org
You can also learn more about SARA by attending
one of our monthly meetings held at 7:30 pm on the first Friday of each month at
the SARA House in Tucson, (click
here for directions). Each meeting provides the
opportunity to meet current SARA
members, learn more about the organization, and get up-to-the-minute
information on the current candidate application process.
SARA also provides free public education
presentations to both adult and child audiences upon request. SARA
members are trained in the nationally acclaimed
Hug-A-Tree system for teaching young children the
essentials of outdoor safety and survival. Other programs are
available for scouting groups, hiking clubs, parents groups, hunters
and off-road enthusiasts.
To request a SARA safety presentation anywhere in
southern Arizona, please call (520) 295-4555. Leave a message
with your group contact person's name and telephone number and a
SARA member will return the call.
Thank you for your interest in Southern Arizona Rescue