Benton County Search and Rescue (BCSAR) is a volunteer emergency service organization operating under the authority of the Benton County Emergency Management Agency.
Lost/Missing Person Incidents
Cave Searches and Extractions
High Angle/Vertical Rescues
Remote Wilderness Medical Situations
We’ve Been Saving Lives Since 1988
Benton County Search and Rescue’s existence is based upon an inquiry received by the Emergency Management Agency in 1987 as to whether the county has a search and rescue pre-plan. The initial request originated from the county’s largest public wilderness areas, the Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, which had experienced SAR related incidents in previous years.
After a year of research and development, Benton County Search and Rescue was created in June 1988 by volunteers within the Northwest Arkansas Community, specifically emphasizing search, rescue, recovery and prevention search, and rescue education. Upon completion of this organizational phase, unit members began a structured educational and training program which was designed to emphasize personal survival and search techniques to rescue training.
Since its inception, BCSAR has responded to numerous search and rescue related incidents in Arkansas and surrounding states.
To assist, support, and enhance Emergency Services and Law Enforcement Agencies of Benton County and its municipalities, and other mutual aid agencies through the development, testing, operation, management and use of conventional and unconventional equipment, techniques, specialized training, and leadership. To earn the respect of the community, fellow emergency services, and law enforcement personnel through our conduct, positive attitude, and professionalism.
Years Of Experience
Hours of Training/Year
Code of Ethics
We acknowledge and commit to honor, to the best of our ability, the following values:
moral obligation to the missing or injured
THAT we have a moral obligation to the missing or injured and to the members and other agencies with whom we work. We shall endeavor to guard their interest honestly and deal with them fairly, wisely and in an efficient, proper manner. We shall behave honestly in all matters, respect privileged communication, avoid any real or perceived conflicts of interest and deal with others courteously and politely.
obligation to advance the knowledge and skills of search & rescue
THAT we have an obligation to advance the knowledge and skills of search & rescue so that we can serve the needs of the missing or injured. We shall strive to improve my own knowledge and skills; support others by sharing my experiences, and strive to keep myself fully informed of new developments in the profession.
Raise the standards of performance
THAT we shall continuously work to raise the standards of performance of the Benton County Search & Rescue Team to the highest attainable levels without regard to race, sex, religion, cultural background, an economic, or social condition in service to humanity.
conduct ourselves in an ethical and prudent manner
THAT we shall support the mission of the Benton County Search & Rescue Team, “…that others may live”, and shall at all times conduct ourselves in an ethical and prudent manner worthy of our profession.