Monday, 03 December 2018 11:30

Are There Paid, Full Time Jobs in Search and Rescue?

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There are not many paid positions in the field of search and rescue.  There are a few jobs.  If you are wanting to do search and rescue full time, then you may want to look at either the military or your state’s emergency management agency.  In Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University offers a degree in Emergency Management (https://safetymanagement.eku.edu/emergency-management-degrees/.)

There are also jobs in the US Air Force para-rescue-men. It is based out of Moody Air Force Base near Valdosta, Georgia. What they do is technically combat SAR; however, they may assist civilian officials with local SAR.  Civil Air Patrol is another agency that will assist with both downed aircraft and wilderness search and rescue.

Another field to look at are the highly trained positions in Mountain Search and Rescue or possibly a Park Ranger in one of the national parks.

It is difficult to find a career in search and rescue because most positions are volunteer, but it can be done. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors to find a paid position in search and rescue.

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SARDog.org has been around since the year 2000 and has served as an avenue for canine search and rescue information in it's early years.  Since then, it has tried to incorporate many more disciplines such as water rescue, high angle, trench rescue, and many other interesting subjects.