Commitment to JOSAR

NPS has a long history of providing SAR services to park visitors beginning with the establishment of the first national park more than 135 years ago. With advanced communication technologies, a more sophisticated recreational user and technically advanced recreational activates, the role for the Search and Rescue provider has become more complex, adding a significant workload to the field ranger. NPS ensures that adequate SAR services are available to visitors and employees who become lost, stranded, or injured within the park…hence the need for the trained volunteer team, Joshua Tree National Park SAR.

By joining JOSAR, your experience can provide benefits to the SAR team, park visitors, and you! You will have the opportunity to work with the National Park Service staff, 29 Palms Marines, local fire and rescue, and emergency support helicopters. This experience can provide exposure to new career opportunities. Do you know how to use a Purcell Prusik to “escape the belay”? Or, how to use an MPD or an Aztec? These are just some of the skills you can learn as a JOSAR member. For rock climbers, these skills as a rescue technician can translate to the vertical world as well keeping you safer.

A member’s commitment is to be taken seriously by both the team and the member. We rely on each other to be fully trained in the areas each member selects to participate in. As part of continuing quality improvement, ongoing monthly education programs are a requirement of this commitment. The SAR provider's ability to render appropriate search and rescue services is a direct reflection on the NPS…we take our job seriously.

Minimum Attendance Requirements for JOSAR Members

Technical Team:
1 scheduled tech training/drill within the past 2 months, and 10 within the past 12 months. Must pick one task from a list currently under development to be done during the year; more on this later.

Search Team:
1 scheduled search training within the past 2 months, and 10 search or tracking trainings within the past 12 months. Must participate in at least one day of the Basic SAR Tech III class held annually.

Man-Tracking Team:
1 scheduled tracking training within the past 2 months, and 15 hours of scheduled tracking training within past 12 months

Support Team: 
A minimum of eight scheduled trainings or meetings (Technical, Search, Man-Tracking, JLAC or Mission Planning) per 12 month period.

Please Note: Callouts do not qualify for meeting attendance requirements.

Additionally, any JOSAR member who fails to attend any trainings, drills, or meetings for 2 months, without communicating an acceptable reason to JLAC, will be dropped from the team roster for non-participation.

Can You Do It?

Yes is the answer. We have members that train and assist in all capacities. You need to be in reasonable shape for all positions except support. Experience helps, but we will train you from the ground up. If you are unsure if this is for you, come to our annual orientation meeting. The 2018 Search and Rescue New Member Orientation is scheduled for Friday, January 12th, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

To get your name on the list now, complete the forms on pages 3 and 4 of the New Member Information packet. Mail to the address on the form prior to the orientation meeting.  | Download PDF