Central Piedmont Search and Rescue, CPSAR, is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to searching for and locating the missing, lost, and injured — and getting them home safely.
Are member-volunteers come from all walks of life and have decades of experience in search and rescue, emergency medical care, and life safety. We use these experiences to give every person we search for the best odds for survival and recovery. We utilize several techniques:
- Land Search
- Man Tracking
- K9 Units
- ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) Units
- Still-water Search and Recovery Units
Our highly trained team is qualified to work both independently or along with local and national government agencies. We respond to emergencies in urban, rural, mountain, still water and wilderness terrain. Our member-volunteers help look for missing persons, aid in body recovery searches, participate in cold cases, and act as a force multiplier to other agencies.
Being a member-volunteer of CPSAR means being ready to deploy in any situation. To maintain that readiness we are constantly going through hundreds of hours of professional level training and regular certification to keep up our skills and mission readiness. This year around training is critical to saving lives and reveals how much our volunteer-members believe in our mission.
The Keeper of the Flame, a National Award, was awarded to Central Piedmont Search and Rescue Team in March of 2013 for their dedication to the missing. The Keeper of the Flame was also awarded to 2 individual team members in March 2013 as well for their dedication to the missing.
At CPSAR, we strongly believe in making our community aware of the benefits of search and rescue operations. Because of this commitment, we offer our time to give search demonstrations and presentations, like the nationally recognized Hug-a-Tree and Survive program that teaches children how to survive in the woods should they become lost. We are also happy to participate in parades and community functions.