U.S. SARR Corps

Alternate Name / Acronym

U.S.SARR Corps

Parent Organization

U.S. SARR Corps

Options: Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization

Mission - "Dedicated to bringing home the missing" Whether it is the missing individual or those suddenly affected due to a disaster.
Vision - To elevate the status of volunteer Search, Rescue and Recovery (SARR) to a professional level - as unpaid professionals.
This is being accomplished by establishing professional training, striving for legislation to accept Search and Rescue as the fourth public safety response and providing a base for developing a national SARR system.

History of Organization:

U.S.SARR Corps came into being some 40 years ago as Rescue 40, Search and Rescue/Disaster Response Team.
Over several years the unit registered in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia as a nonprofit Search and Rescue organization. 1990 saw the establishment of the Rescue 40 training program as a formal means of training for its volunteers. this program enables a continuous entry of new members and a method of providing ongoing training and upgrades in systems. Around 2000 the unit changed its name to better identify its dedicated mission for the looking for missing persons and to better strive for a national system. The new name became U.S. (United States,) SARR (Search, Rescue, Recovery), Corps. It has become the pilot program of this endeavor. Today it is in the process of net working and bringing together other teams and organizations under a unified umbrella to develop a SARR response system rather than a cluster of teams and individuals. The system establishes the position of SARR*Tech (Search,Rescue,Recovery Technician).

Options: Accreditations and Licenses

Unfortunately there are no national systems of accreditation for search and rescue. In reality there are a number of independent ones with a variety of acceptance such as Red Cross wilderness First Aid, K9 Search Dog certification etc.

This circumstance is one on the main reasons for the SARR Corps concept, to elevate the profession.


Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Council, Ohio Federation SAR Dogs. Society For The Scientific Detection of
Crime, Centre for Forensic & Investigative Assistance

Legal Structure

Non-profit corporation

Funding Sources

Independent fund raising activities.
Rogers Community Auction
Beaver County Festival of Trees
Individual Contributions


Key Leaders

Name* Title/Description (Executive Director, Vice President, etc.) Phone Number 1 Phone Number 2 Fax Number Email Address
Ronald Wisbith Region Director 412.303.5650 330.227.3056 724.843.7975 rwisbith@ussarr.org
Ron Wisbith Region Director 412.303.5650 info@ussarr.org

Contact Information

Contact Phone Numbers

Number* Title / Description (Telephone, Toll free, Fax, etc.)

Contact Emails

Email* Title / Description (Director, General, Intake, etc.)
info@ussarr.org general

Web Addresses

Website* Title / Description (National, Local office, etc.)
www.ussarr.org Region Office
WWW.us srr org

Primary Address

Title/Description (Corporate office, Headquarters, etc.)

Corporate Office


318 8th Street
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
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Service Area

Tri-State Area and beyond

Services Provided

Service Description

  • We are a volunteer Search, Rescue, and Recovery organization.

Available Hours


Fees/Cost for Services


Eligibility Requirements

Formalized Training

Required Documentation

Academy Certification

How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments

Emergency - 412.303.5650
Non emergency 724.847.0900

Handicap Accessibility

Physical Fitness Requirements

Languages Spoken or Available


Speaker Available


Volunteer Use


Volunteer Need


Volunteer Description

Must complete U.S. SARR Corps Academy course of instruction and certification

Thank You To Our Sponsors

We are grateful to our many partners who provide financial and operational support.