As an all Volunteer Team, we train hard and we stay prepared.
We sweat, we freeze, sometimes we get really wet and we almost always get really dirty and really tired. We don’t stop because of weather and we don’t quit because we’re tired. We can’t . . that call we received in the middle of the day or night means that someone needs us to find their missing loved one.
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue operates under the authority of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and has been made possible through the endorsement and continued support of Sheriff Tommy Ford.
B.C.S.A.R. is organized as a volunteer non-profit organization and is supported by the generosity of donations received from the citizens of Bay County, Florida.
The Team maintains operation and service to the community solely through Fundraising events, and by the generosity of donations received from the businesses and citizens of Bay County, Florida.
In addition to taking action during natural or man-made disasters, the Team will be responsible for searching for lost or missing hikers, hunters, children and the elderly with Alzheimer’s, as well as rescue and recovery efforts for boating accidents or plane crash victims.
BCSO-SAR is a member of the Northwest Florida Child Abduction Response Team (CART). We are one of only 23 CART teams certified by the Department of Justice nation wide, and only 6 in Florida.
Team members are also available to assist in the searches related to criminal investigations.
BCSO-SAR K9 section offers seminars for K9 team training for Trailing, HRD & Area Search. Certifications are available for:
National Narcotics Detector Dog Assoc (NNDDA) – HRD certifications are available to qualifying civilian handlers
North American Police Working Dog Association – Tracking and Trailing for civilian handlers
- To develop and coordinate with Bay County, FL, a search and rescue system which provides for the arrangement of trained personnel and equipment for the effective and coordinated delivery of search and rescue procedures
- To conduct training programs in subjects related to search and rescue to ensure volunteers are educated in search and rescue services;
- To provide 24-hour assistance to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), and any local, state and federal agencies, the resources in the rescue and recovery of lost, missing and abducted persons in water and wilderness. And at the discretion of the Sheriff provide assistant to any county in the state of Florida
Each BCSAR Team Member goes through classroom, field and bi-annual search exercises and training. Members of our special teams have even more training exercises, seminars and certifications to obtain. In addition, there are on-line studies, fundraisers and community events.
An all volunteer organization, training is on each member’s own time and mostly at their own cost.