What We Do

 What We Do:

….Help Save a Life

We are a 100% volunteer organization…

  • We don’t receive compensation
  • Members do occasionally incur some out-of-pocket expenses, such as
    • Uniforms
    • Gear
    • Travel

We are professionals…

  • We maintain high standards of professionalism and service.
  • We work at the request of other emergency service and law enforcement agencies.
  • We do not use any alcohol or mind altering drugs (prescription or recreational) while on official missions, trainings, or at meetings.
  • We are in the public eye and must maintain an excellent reputation.

We are a Team…

  • TSAR is not the place for individual egotism or weekend heroes. We operate as a team at all times.
  • Our subject’s survival and the safety of our team members depend on a unified effort.

We do not work for fame or recognition…

  • Our reward is the satisfaction of having practiced our skills and helping people.
  • Our commitment is finding and aiding those in need, not the recognition it may give us by family, friends or the public.

We know our limitations…

  • Both bravado and nostalgia can be dangerous or even fatal if you are not in the proper condition for a strenuous field mission.
  • We realistically assess our level of fitness and adjust our participation accordingly. Supporting a field team (base operations, radio communications, logistics, etc.) are just as important as those out in the field
  • Know your capabilities and capitalize on your strengths.

We sometimes deal with unpleasant situations…

  • We are sometimes called on to recover those that are deceased.
  • Members have the option to decline activities that involve body recoveries.
  • We know our limitations in all areas and are realistic and honest about them.

We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week…

  • We are accessible at all times.
  • We are often activated in the middle of the night, on weekends, or during foul weather.
  • We deploy at any time because we know someone’s life depends on us.

We are committed to our goals, in spite of difficult circumstances…

  • Our work is not always fun and exciting.
  • We may go for months without a mission call-out.
  • We may be called out only to arrive in time to see the subject walk out on his own or through someone else’s help.
  • Our ability to work under various difficult circumstances is directly proportional to our level of commitment.

We are responsible for ourselves…

  • We are insured during missions, trainings, team events and outings.
  • We are responsible for our own actions and safety.
  • We are responsible for our own well-being and look out for our teammates.

We Are Committed…

If you think Tidewater Search and Rescue is a good fit for you, please click here and complete an application for membership or contact our Recruiter


Tidewater Search and Rescue does not have a K9 component, we provide all other SAR resources types.  If you wish to peruse K9 training, we recommend contacting GARD or K9 Alert.

You don’t have to be great to start but you do have to start to be great” Zig Ziglar