Preventive Search and Rescue (PSAR) is an overarching program focused on educating residents and visitors to Coconino County how to prepare for and safely recreate in our diverse landscape. These services are provided to the community by Search and Rescue volunteers in multiple programs. In 2018 we taught 4,200 children and adults in Coconino County, a 24% increase over 2017.

Educational outreach now includes the 2019 Official Flagstaff Visitor’s Guide available online and in printed form at the Flagstaff Visitor Center.


In 2016 we piloted Child Safety in the Out-of-Doors and taught about 2,500 elementary school children and their parents/guardians how children can be safe should they become lost in the out-of-doors.  We have since created the Teen Safety in the Out-of-Doors curriculum, which teaches teenagers how to deal with difficult situations in which they may find themselves when in forest and desert environments.  The  Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) has reviewed this course and this summer is scheduled to make it available it to all MRA units in North America.

Our collaborative educational efforts with the Coconino County Education Service Agency includes pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade children in the Flagstaff Unified School District, other school districts in the county, charter and private schools.  As a result of our educational efforts, Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was named the 2018 SAR Unit of the Year by the Arizona Search and Rescue Coordinators Association.

General Events:

Community events such as Flagstaff Night Out and Arizona Trail Days highlight education in conjunction with demonstrations by our K9 and Mounted teams. These events have proven to be another effective approach for educating children and their parents/guardians about our outdoors environment. They afford the children an opportunity to test their knowledge of outdoor safety using the Wonderful Wheel of Wilderness Knowledge, learn how our dogs find lost people and how to behave around horses. In 2018 we participated in 12 such events.

Science specific events exemplified by the Flagstaff Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) event on the Northern Arizona University Campus and STEAM (adding Art) event in Williams allow us to discuss safety and the science behind search and rescue efforts with a very wide audience from the community.

Special Events:

General search and rescue personnel and the mounted unit take an active part in the Flagstaff to Grand Canyon 100 mile Stagecoach Race, proactively being available for support of lost or injured runners and staff.

For Further Information:

For further information or to request a presentation for your group please send a request at this link.

To donate SPECIFICALLY to our Preventative Search and Rescue efforts, please use the PayPal link below and be sure to add into the comments ‘PSAR’. Your donation will go directly towards continuing our educational efforts.

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