How to become a Member
Gone are the days when members of the public are called to help search for a missing person. SAR members must be highly trained for any kind of search emergency because risks to searchers are high. People often go missing in inclement weather, dangerous or hard to access locations, or occasionally evade help. These risks decrease greatly with training and experience, and there is a lot to learn. Therefore all ERSARA members are required to go through Basic Search and Rescue Skills training.
To join ERSARA you must be at least 18 years of age, have access to a vehicle 24/7 and have a clean criminal record – no exceptions. First Aid and CPR level C and ICS 100 are required prior to joining ERSARA. ERSARA recruits only every couple of years, however our next recruitment intake is postponed at this time. Please keep checking for updates.
Due to the searches we participate in, we have to limit the number of our members that come from public safety professions (police, fire, EMS, military). These members have the same training and recruitment requirements, but are voted in by the Regular membership, can not hold an elected position and do not have voting privileges. It may take longer than normal to go through this process. We also ask current ERSARA members to have 2 years with us before applying to a public safety career.
Members of other SAR groups who wish to join ERSARA, or former members of ERSARA, do not have to wait for a recruitment year and may apply at any time with the appropriate documents (letter of reference from your former group, your SAR resume and copies of all current training certificates). After this initial information is received and accepted by our Board of Directors, an interview will take place, along with a security clearance. Additional training may be required before becoming active.
Read our information package (link below) and e-mail your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. When it gets closer to recruitment time, you will be notified of an open house date. If you’re still interested in joining after attending the open house, an interview will be scheduled, along with a security clearance. A non-refundable registration fee ($80) is required for successful candidates prior to training.