Basic Search & Rescue Equipment

A search can happen anytime; your gear should be ready all the time.

On Your Person

  • 40ft of parachute cord

  • Whistle

  • Fire Starter

  • Compass

  • GPS

  • Signal Mirrot

  • Headlamp

  • Strobe (maybe be in other light)

  • Watch

  • Cell Phone

  • 15-90 Vest, Jacket, ID Card, T-Shirt, Sweatshirt, Hat, & Roster

  • Issued Radio with extra battery

  • Pencil/Pen & Waterproof Notebook

  • Map of the search area

  • Firearm & Ammunition

  • Multi-tool

  • Folding Pocket Saw

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Fanny Pack or Vest

  • Contractor Trash Bag

  • Duct Tape

  • Fixed Blade Knife

  • Space Blanket

  • Glow Sticks (1 Red & 2 Green)

  • Extra Batteries

  • Candle

  • USB Power Supply for rechargable devices with needed cords.

  • Waterproof Matches & Lighter

Search Bag

  • First Aid Kit

  • Binoculars

  • Poncho or Small Tarp

  • Small Sleeping Bag

  • Stocking Cap

  • Socks

  • Rain Gear

  • Extra Mid Layer

  • Food

  • 1 Liter of Water

  • Gloves

  • Locking Carabiner

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug Spray

  • Snow Shoes and Trecking Poles

A Note About Clothing

Clothing should be weather appropriate for each search. Weather can change quickly.

  • Good boots are a must.

  • During the winter season, you need winter boots, not leather boots.

  • Winter Pants are a must these can be a snowsuit, wool, or synthetic.

    • Absolutely No Jeans

  • During hunting season you must wear a 15-90 reflective vest or an orange hunting vest.

  • On water searches, you must have a life jacket to be near the water

  • While riding ATV, Snowmobiles, Dirt Bikes, etc. helmets are required.

Vehicle Equipment

  • Tire Chains

  • Flares

  • Jack or High Lift Jack

  • First Aid Kit

  • Tow Chains or Straps

  • Jumper Cables

  • Tools

  • Axe

  • Shovel

  • Red Emergency Lights (restrictions apply)

  • Two-Way Radio (will be issued)

  • 2 Extra 15-90 Rosters

  • Rope

  • Candle

  • Wire/Fencing Cutter or Bolt Cutters.

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