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Texas Search & Rescue

PO Box 171258
Austin, TX, 78717
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Phone: (512) 994-4727
Contact Email: info@texsar.org
Website: www.TEXSAR.org
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Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR) is a volunteer first responder organization with teams in the Austin, Dallas, and Galveston areas focused on Search and Rescue (SAR), incident response and disaster response. Our units are self-sufficient and do not require financial or logistical support from requesting agencies. All TEXSAR personnel are NIMS compliant and our organization operates under the Incident Command System protocol.

For urgent initial action advice, resource assistance or initial incident action planning please contact Shawn Hohnstreiter. For emergency activation (or business calls): (512) 994-4SAR or (512) 994-4727.

Please contact your local law enforcement agency to report a missing person.

For additional contact information, see our Contact page.



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TEXSAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that expanded from a Ground SAR team to a fully capable, multi-discipline Search & Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue, Wildland Fire, and Disaster Response team.  TEXSAR is currently a NIMS Type II Wildland SAR team and is on pace to be a NIMS Type I team by the end of 2015.

All TEXSAR personnel are certified according to State and Federal standards, and we operate solely under the Emergency Management System and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  Our members have extensive Incident Command Systems training and are highly disciplined.

TEXSAR maintains an operational relationship with many SAR and Incident resources around the State of Texas, including the Texas State Guard.  These relationships allow us to deploy highly trained resources quickly in most areas of the state.


Team Capabilities

  • Search & Rescue
  • K9 Search & Recovery
  • Incident Management
  • Technical Rope Rescue
  • Flood and Swiftwater Rescue
  • Wildland Fire
  • Disaster Recovery & Relief
  • Field Rehab & Resources

Partnering Assets

  • Dive & Underwater Recovery
  • Medical Deployment

How We’re Deployed

TEXSAR deploys at the request of Federal Agencies, the Governor, State Agencies, local law enforcement, or relief organizations (e.g. Red Cross). When deployed, we operate strictly using the Incident Command System (ICS). If deployed by local law enforcement we act as a function of that department and answer directly to them. Though we do not perform actual criminal law enforcement duties, we can act as needed in a support role for the department.

Training and Readiness

TEXSAR prides itself as being in a constant state of readiness. This means that we are not only geared up and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, but we are also continually training and exercising all opportunities to further our education and ability to perform our duties. There is no charge for our services to the requesting Agency.

We also provide emergency preparedness training to many organizations and train Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), which assist their communities during incidents respond to natural and other disasters.

What We’ve Done

  • Disaster Relief (including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Isaac)
  • Central Texas Floods
  • Large Event Safety & Support
  • Missing Person Searches
  • Support/Rehab for Central Texas Fires
  • Victim Extractions and First Aid
  • Air Search Operations
  • Canine Searches
  • Water Searches
  • Shelter Operations
  • Community Service and Education

Our Mission Statement

Committing to service-above-self, perpetual training, and inter-agency cooperation to maintain a constant state of readiness for search, rescue, incident response and above all else, safety.

Our Core Values

Integrity and Responsibility — TEXSAR is founded on ethical behavior and values by our members and partners and our commitment extends throughout the organization as we interact with agencies, the public, and each other.

Fiscal Accountability — We emphasize fiscal accountability by ensuring that all expenditures directly or indirectly reflect the trust placed in TEXSAR by its donors and grant providers.

Teamwork — We maintain an environment of mutual respect founded on open, honest communication.  We embrace the diversity of our team and individual perspectives in working together to achieve our common goals.

Excellence — We achieve excellence through constant training and preparation as our members continually exercise their skills using the materials and equipment required to deliver the highest quality services possible in any environment.

Training — TEXSAR will train and prepare to provide professional level skills and support to requesting agencies and communities.  TEXSAR will act as a Volunteer Organization Active in Disasters in both the response and recovery phases of disasters and incidents.

Operations — We will deliver service that meets or exceeds the requested assistance while ensuring the safety and well-being of our members and partners.

TEXSAR has established working relationships with various area responder organizations including:

TEXSAR is also proud to have affiliated memberships in:

Download or print an information brochure for TEXSAR here.




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