What We Do
Our members are highly trained in wilderness safety, rescue operations, incident management, and search theory. We are equipped to search for and rescue missing and injured persons in backcountry and urban environments.
IMSARU is an independent search and rescue team that provides service 24/7/365, to southwest Idaho and surrounding areas. We respond at the request of any government-based public safety agency and can deploy within one hour of receiving a mission request.
Our unit is funded through donations, grants, and our members. We NEVER charge agencies or individuals for our services. We offer safety education and training programs upon request to allied agencies, outdoor groups, and members of the public.
All of our members are trained in basic ground search and rescue operations. New members undergo a one year probationary period, after which they can begin promoting through three distinct ranks that represent increasing leadership capabilities.
Six specialty teams provide additional capabilities and resources. Specialty team members undergo additional training and certification specific to their discipline.
Technical Rescue Team
Perform high angle and technical rope rescue.
Search for live (air scent) and deceased (cadaver) subjects. HRD K9s identify human remains.
Identify footprints and other human sign, process significant clues, and establish a subject’s direction of travel.
Remote Pilot Team
Operate UAS (drones) to search for missing individuals and identify terrain hazards.
Mountain Bike Team
Provide rapid access to subjects and search areas.
Off Highway Vehicle Team
Operate motorized vehicles into backcountry terrain.
How to Volunteer
We typically hold two application periods per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Visit our join page for the latest details on the application process and to subscribe to updates.