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Search and Rescue

dps_ranger.jpgThe Park Enforcement /Search and Rescue (PESAR) Unit has multiple missions.  It is tasked with law enforcement responsibilities in Pima County parks and open spaces as well as being responsible for search, rescue and recovery of missing and lost people.  The unit is staffed with eight deputies and a sergeant.  These deputies are trained to manage search and rescue operations to ensure effective and efficient use of all available resources.  Deputies receive extensive training in first aid, rope rescue, and other technical areas.  PESAR routinely patrols over 90 parks properties and open spaces in the county.  To maximize coverage, the unit partners with the Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers Park Patrol.  When dealing Search and Rescue, PESAR often employs the services of the Search and Rescue Council, Inc (SARCI).  SARCI is a non-profit corporation that coordinates a cadre of all-volunteer local search and rescue groups.  These include the Southern Arizona Rescue Association (SARA), Southwest Rescue Dogs, Inc (SRDI), Pima County Search and recovery Divers and the Southern Arizona Mounted Search and Rescue (SAMSAR). The goal is to maintain a safe and peaceful atmosphere in Pima County Parks and to find and rescue those in peril thus allowing all to enjoy our desert and mountainous environs.


  2009 2010 2011 2012
Total Missions 220 315 147 284
Search Operations 102 171 98 135
Rescue Operations 94 128 65 130
Body Recoveries 24 16 9 19
Total Mission Hours 867 1355.50 882.25 1045

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