Chickasaw Nation Search & Rescue

Our Mission: To assist partner agencies in time of emergency and disasters.

The Chickasaw Nation Search & Rescue (SAR) Program provides volunteers the ability to serve their communities in times of need. The program encourages volunteers to utilize their current skills and education, and to acquire training in areas that will benefit the public, law enforcement, emergency responders, governmental agencies and the American Red Cross. Our volunteers have assisted in emergencies, including fires, hurricanes and tornadoes. 

Established on June 1, 1996, the Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce focuses on meeting community needs through a volunteer-based search and rescue, non-profit program that primarily:

  • Supports requests from Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police on missing persons assignments
  • Coordinates team efforts to assist with emergencies and disasters through partner agencies, such as the American Red Cross
  • Provides outreach and emergency preparedness materials to the community

Volunteer Eligibility:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must participate and complete basic National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) courses
  • Must be willing to submit to a background check
  • Must serve a probationary period of at least six months
  • Must be willing to work as a “mentor”
  • Must be willing to volunteer time, skills, loyalty and efforts for the good of the community
  • Must be willing to attend special details, trainings and/or community events
  • Must reside within the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation, which includes 13 counties in south-central Oklahoma
  • Must be willing to attend monthly meetings
  • Must become First Aid and CPR Certified

Search & Rescue recruits volunteers from all walks of life - teachers, doctors, engineers, businessmen and law enforcement. Each member brings a unique talent and skill set to the team. Please notify us if you already have SAR or fire-fighting experience.

Trainings offered through SAR and partner agency affiliations:

  • CPR and First Aid
  • Disaster Action Team Services
  • Disaster Planning
  • Food Distribution, Safety and Feed Fundamentals
  • Fundamentals of Search & Rescue
  • Managing the Lost Person Incident
  • Missing Persons
  • National Association of Search & Rescue SARTECH Certification
  • Partner Engagement Essentials
  • Plain Clothes Survival
  • Shelter Management & Operations

Applications are accepted throughout the calendar year and will be kept on file. However, only applications received by Feb. 28 will be considered for the upcoming summer season. Applications received after Feb. 28 are saved and reviewed for the following season.

Chickasaw Nation employees can receive IDP credit for many of the classes.

For more information, contact the SAR coordinator at (580) 272-5587.

Last Updated: 04/7/2017