What is Search and Rescue?

Search and Rescue (SAR) deals with persons that are lost or missing and may be injured or in distress.  Plainfield EMA Search and Rescue Team provides search services for lost persons and augmentation of law enforcement evidence collection.  These services include Ground SAR operations, SAR Management, and SAR resources.  The PEMA SAR team has a rich history of serving Plainfield and working in mutual aid for Will County and many other jurisdictions in northern Illinois.

PEMA SAR  volunteers have specific training and expertise in Ground Search and Rescue & Search Management.
Having been formed in 2002, PEMA SAR members train regularly with other SAR teams throughout northern Illinois.

All of the Plainfield’s Search and Rescue Team members start out by obtaining certification by the Illinois
Emergency Management Agency standards in basic ground search and rescue. They must then pass the 60-hour ground search and rescue technician course offered by the Will County Emergency Management Agency, and continue to train with the Will County Emergency Management Agency’s Search and Rescue division to keep their certification current. Our personnel are trained in navigation, GPS, theory, lost person behavior, and communications. Members of the team can also take specialized training to become crew leaders, field training officers, K-9 handlers, and search managers.