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Tue. Oct 9th 2018
The Wilderness Search and Rescue Team receives land donation.LAND DONATION PRESS RELEASE
Sun. May 13th 2018
Wilderness Search and Rescue Team is looking for supporters for the coming year. Each dollar of your donation will go to...
Sat. Apr 21st 2018
Welcome to The Run Of The DeadThe 7th annual Run Of The Dead will take place on October 13th, 2018 at The Syracuse Sport...
Fri. Apr 20th 2018
The live scanner feed for Region 7 SAR Channels can be found via this link on Broadcastify. SCANNER LINKThe scanner feed...
Mon. Apr 9th 2018
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Night is approaching........

and the temperature is dropping quickly. Alone in the woods, you have somehow become separated from your camping party. You've spent hours trying to find your way you are surely lost, as well as cold, tired, hungry and frightened. You sit beneath a large tree, gathering leaves, dirt and brush around you trying to keep warm. Your thirst is overwhelming. you wonder if you will live until morning. Darkness falls. Then without warning, you see a flicker of light, hear the crashing of branches and are suddenly descended upon by a large dog wearing an orange vest bearing the word "RESCUE" Her handler is not far behind bringing food, water, first aid and your survival.

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Reisman Foundation Steps Up to Help

The Wilderness Search and Rescue Team receives land donation.

Can you help WSAR find a Home?

WSAR is looking for land or building to call home. At present, we have equipment stored at various locations around northern Onondaga County.
With your help, WSAR can find a place to house our equipment at one location. For more information, please click here.
Please see our story on News Channel 9 - WSYR
The Syracuse New Times also featured our story in their April 4th edition.

2018 Syracuse Run Of The Dead

This is an annual fundraiser to help WSAR with operational expenses.


SAR Academy 2018 is being offered as a joint venture between Oswego County SAR and Wilderness SAR Teams. For more information click here.

2018 Executive Officers have been elected

The 2018 Executive Leadership has been elected by team membership. Please click here to see the release.
Live Scanner Feed for Region 7 SAR Teams can be found here

Helen Trimm


Back in 1981, when I was Captain (Team Leader) of the Wilderness Search and Rescue Team, Helen came to a team meeting with her husband Richard, who was a member of the team. After the meeting, she came up to me in her wheelchair, and said, “I know I can't go out in the woods and search for people, but I would really like to get involved with this. Is there something I can do in the search and rescue team?” I told her, “Helen, if you would like to learn how to run the radios, it would free up another member to be out in the field.” Well, Helen learned how to run the radios. In fact, she got so good at it that soon she was running base for all the Federation search teams. And she got so good at that, the Forest Rangers started having her working their radios. She got so good at that that the Rangers would wait for Helen to arrive before they would begin intensive search efforts. She was certified in wilderness first aid, and even CPR, with the assistance of her loving husband, Richard. In 1983, she was elected unanimously as Lieutenant (2nd in command) of Wilderness Search and Rescue, a position she held until 1987.

Helen was many things other than a SAR team member. She was a single mom who raised three kids from a wheelchair, after being afflicted with polio at age 21. She was a crack shot, and was the first person I knew with a concealed carry permit. Above all, she was a good and devoted friend. Now the wheelchair is gone. To us it’s empty, but to Helen, she is finally dancing with Richard, beyond the stars. To paraphrase Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, she was “one of the best and wisest people I’ve ever known.” Farewell, Lieutenant. Journey well, my friend.

Hans L. Erdman


Honorary Life Member

Wilderness Search and Rescue Team of New York State

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 Wilderness Search and Rescue Team is a member of NYS Federation SAR Teams