Welcome to the HUDSON FIRE DEPARTMENT K-9 SEARCH AND RESCUE website.

Our Team provides search and rescue support for the lost, missing children and adults, the injured, locating downed aircraft, crime scene/evidence searches and other emergency or disaster situations.

Hudson Fire K-9 Search and Rescue Team was established 2004 as a 501(c)3 charitable organization to promote and support the programs and mission of the Hudson TX, Fire Protection District.  Our volunteers operate in suburban, urban, wilderness and rural areas. Our unpaid professionals offer their specialist search and rescue skills free to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and our volunteers donate hundreds of hours of their time each year. 

The all volunteer  Search and Rescue Team was formed in 1996 as East Texas K - 9 Search and Rescue and joined forces with the Hudson Fire Department in 2004 and has grown from a small K-9 unit to a multi-disciplined, self sufficient search team comprised of  Canine Search, Communications,Technical Rescue/EMS and Incident Command/Search Operations.  

A special operations unit of the Hudson Vol.Fire Department our team is composed of about 20 volunteers who train year round to be ready to respond at a moments notice to emergency situations ranging from missing children to Alzheimer’s ‘walk-aways’, Cold Case Investigations and disasters like the Space Shuttle disaster, Natalee Holloway search in Aruba and recent historic floods of December 2015.

What is “SAR”?  SAR stands for ‘Search and Rescue’, the process of looking for, locating, and retrieving a missing person and describes the activity that the Hudson Fire Search and Rescue volunteers undertake.

How does SAR work? SAR relies on the combined efforts of professionals and trained volunteers in a race against time.

Who pays for a SAR mission? Our SAR operations are provided free of charge to the victim and local agencies.

If you need to report someone lost or missing dial 911.  If you believe someone you know is missing, and before you call 911, gather this information.  The person’s name, description with age, description of any vehicles, whom they might be with, last known person whom they had contact with, clothing or equipment, where they were going, what time they were supposed to be back, and what has been done to locate them.  There is no hard and fast rule about how long you should wait after you think a person is overdue before you call for help. Everyone in SAR would rather be called out and have the missing person show up 30 minutes later, than be called out too late.

How do we get called out for a search?  After a call comes into the 911 dispatch center and the local municipality is contacted, if applicable, our search team is then called out.

Outdoor safety code. Plan your trip, seek local knowledge and plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.  Tell someone you plans and leave a date to raise an alarm if you haven’t returned. Be aware of the weather, this is East Texas and our weather can be highly unpredictable, so check the forecast and know what to expect. Know your limits, challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience.  Learn safe ways of helping others without putting yourself in danger.  Take sufficient supplies, such as enough food, clothing for the weather, at least 2 light sources, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take appropriate means of communication, and if possible, you should always have two reliable forms of communication.

 

Become a Hudson Fire Department K-9 Search and Rescue volunteer. Volunteers are a precious resource. Visit our Team during a regular meeting at the Hudson Fire Department or visit www.hudsonfirerescue.org and fill out an online application. 

 

 

 

 

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