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Members of MCSAR are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of both residents and visitors in Manatee County. Our mission encompasses various disciplines aimed at protecting individuals from the loss of life and property due to disorientation, natural disasters, and medical emergencies. These disciplines include Wilderness SAR, Urban SAR, locating lost or stranded persons, promoting child prevention programs, dive rescue, marine rescue, and providing emergency medical care when needed.

We prioritize the continual improvement of our services by introducing innovative ideas and concepts that optimize our resources. Additionally, fostering good will, community respect, and confidence in the capabilities of Manatee County Search & Rescue remains a top priority for all our members.


Rescue Technician - Performs ground, aerial, or water based search and rescue operations. 

Eligible for all specialty teams after one year of probation. Physical abilities test required.

Operation Support Specialist - Performs logistical support functions for ground, aerial, or water based search and rescue operations. No physical abilities test required.

 Knowledge Skills & Abilities:


Intermittent performance of extremely physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, running, and climbing. May involve lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling. Must be able to exert up to 150 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Tasks may also involve standing, sitting, or walking for long periods. Visual perception and discrimination is required as well as being able to isolate and distinguish critical sounds, possibly under various conditions to include dark or crowded environments. Must be in good physical health and comfortable in various types of weather/terrain.



Members are financially responsible for their own equipment, clothing, travel expenses and some costs for classes and class materials.

Supplemental Information:

Minimum Requirements:

Disqualifier List:

Criminal History 

Military History 

Driving History 

Prior Law Enforcement and Correctional Officers