How to become a
member of Navajo County Search and Rescue
In a nutshell:
You must live
in Arizona, be at least 18 years old, be in reasonable health, and not
convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor crime involving moral turpitude. If
you meet these requirements you then fill out an application. Members of our
Board of Directors will interview you at a meeting or training to see if you
are a good fit for the organization. Finally, the Sheriff’s Office reviews the
application, runs a background and fingerprint check. When you successfully
complete these items, you become a probationary member of NCSAR.
Being a member
of an active search and rescue unit requires a time commitment. Some people
think we just wait around until someone gets lost. Not so. We train once a
month as well as have monthly meetings. Both are required of every member. You
will not be expected to attend every training and every meeting, but poor
attendance can lead to dismissal. When we train, we learn to work together as a
team. There are no heroes in Search and Rescue – but there are heroic teams.
Actual searches have been described as “organized chaos,” with emphasis on
“chaos.” We work and train hard to overcome that tendency so that we are
efficient and effective when it counts the most. It is in training that you
learn to trust the experience and capabilities of others, and where you are
able to increase your own abilities.
You will also
be asked to help us fundraise. Few people enjoy sitting a booth and selling
raffle tickets or participating in events that have little to do with our
mission. But, raising money and awareness is something we have to do. We are
better equipped and better prepared when we have money to work with. We also
collect dues from each member, but they don’t begin to cover our expenses.
Search and rescue requires time and hard work,
but it is also very rewarding. Certainly this is true when you find a lost
person or bring closure to a family. But, undoubtedly, you will also form
strong bonds with other people on the team. Giving it all you’ve got to find a missing person brings a camaraderie
that is hard to beat.
We hope you’ll
join our team and make us better than ever!