Nevada Search and Rescue

The Board for Search and Rescue was established by the Nevada Revised Statutes under NRS 414.170 in 1983. Members of the Board are appointed by the Chief, Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the board composition is guided by statutory requirements. It includes:

  • One member representing the Nevada Wing of the Civil Defense Air Patrol 
  • One member from the Nevada National Guard 
  • Four members from the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association 
  • One member from the Health Division 
  • One member from the Division of Forestry 
  • A Search and Rescue representative belonging to a law enforcement agency, and 
  • One member from the Nevada Fire Chief’s Association 

The term of appointment is two years. The Board meets quarterly to discuss search and rescue issues such as training and exercise activities, format policy related to search and rescue, establishes and approves standards for personnel and courses, and reviews operations to provide recommendations for operational improvements statewide.

The Coordinator for Search and Rescue appoints members and manages the Training Committee. The Training Committee establishes recommendations for organizations specializing in search and rescue, and certify organizations which meet those recommendations at the appropriate level.