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BCSAR History

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 preplan.  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.