Search & Rescue
[Table 1.3]

 

State

Does your agency have a dive team?

Other, please specify

What agency is responsible for Search and Rescue operations?

What agency is responsible for victim recovery?

Alabama

Yes 

 

On coastal waters: Alabama Marine Police On inland waters: Volunteer rescue squads or city/county fire and rescue teams 

On coastal waters: Alabama Marine Police or rescue squads On inland waters: Volunteer rescue squads or city/county fire and rescue teams 

Alaska

No 

 

Alaska State Troopers 

Alaska State Troopers 

American Samoa

No 

 

Department of Public Safety, Fire Departments and EMS 

Department of Public Safety, Fire Departments and EMS 

Arizona

No 

 

Usually the local sheriff's office. Occasionally the Department of Public Safety (state police) do it. 

Usually the local sheriff's office or PD. Occasionally the Department of Public Safety (state police) do it. 

Arkansas

Yes 

 

Depends. Most counties have their own S&R teams; but we are recognized as the State's S&R agency through our Emergency Management Assistance Compact. 

Again, most county Sheriff offices have recovery teams, but our Agency's team is available for statewide operations if a county does not have a team 

Australia

 

 

 

 

British Columbia

 

 

 

 

California

No 

 

We have no centralized enforcement or SARs operations. Many counties have this responsibility, but some counties are served by volunteer S&R teams. 

Local law enforcement agencies-This responsibility lies with the county where the incident occurs. 

Colorado

No 

 

County Sheriff 

County Sheriff 

Connecticut

No 

 

Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police and Connecticut State Police (who does have a dive team) 

Same as in question 8 

Delaware

No 

 

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, Fire Companies 

same as above 

District of Columbia

Yes 

 

Metropolitan Police Department, Special Operations Division, Harbor Patrol Unit 

Metropolitan Police Department, Special Operations Division, Harbor Patrol Unit 

Florida

No 

 

Several agencies conduct search & rescue. FWC, USCG, as well as local agencies are involved with this. 

No single agency is responsible for this, however, FWC and local law enforcement agencies handle most victim recoveries. 

Georgia

No 

 

Georgia DNR Law Enforcement 

Georgia DNR Law Enforcement 

Guam

Yes 

 

Guam Fire Department 

Guam Fire Department 

Hawaii

Yes 

 

Multiple agencies: Fire Department, Police, USCG, etc. 

Multiple agencies: Fire Department, Police, USCG, etc. 

Idaho

No 

 

County sheriff departments 

County sheriff departments 

Illinois

No  

 

Local Fire/EMS. The Illinois DNR will assist with sonar/drag equipment/manpower/security  

There is not a set standard. We provide assistance when requested.  

Indiana

Yes  

 

No sole responsible agency, however; Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources provides divers and watercraft assistance for a vast majority of incidents in our state. 

Same as #8 

Iowa

No 

 

Sheriff's Departments and local fire departments. We assist when requested. 

Sheriff's Departments. We assist when requested. 

Kansas

 

 

 

 

Kentucky

No 

 

Local volunteer rescue squads 

rescue squad 

Louisiana

Yes 

 

LDWF Enforcement, my agencie 

Parish Sheriff office 

Maine

Yes 

 

Department of Inland Fisheries Wildlife Maine Marine Patrol/Maine State Police Combined Dive Team - Saltwater Maine Warden Service - Freshwater Department of Marine Resources 

Department of Inland Fisheries Wildlife Department of Marine Resources 

Manitoba (Canada)

 

 

 

 

Maryland

 

 

Natural Resources Police, State and Local 

Natural Resources Police, State and Local 

Massachusetts

Other, please specify 

MA State Police  

MA State Police/MA Environmental Police/ local public safety depts. 

sane as above (#8) 

Michigan

No 

 

Sheriffs and State Police 

Sheriffs and State Police 

Minnesota

No 

 

Individual county sheriff's depts with DNR back up when available 

Individual county sheriff's depts with DNR back up when available 

Mississippi

No 

 

We assist local Civil Defense Directors. 

We assist local Civil Defense Directors. 

Missouri

Yes 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol 

Missouri State Water Patrol 

Montana

No 

 

The local Sheriff's office where the S&R operation is taking place. 

The local Sheriff's office where the recovery is taking place. 

Nebraska

No 

 

Local County Sheriffs and Nebraska Game and Parks commission 

Local County Sheriffs and Nebraska Game and Parks commission 

Nevada

No 

 

County S O 

First on scene, could be local, state or federal 

New Hampshire

No 

 

Fish and Game 

Marine patrol 

New Jersey

Yes 

 

State and local police agencies 

State and local police agencies 

New Mexico

No 

 

New Mexico State Police and Tribal Dive Teams 

New Mexico State Police and Tribal Dive Teams 

New York

No 

 

Local marine patrols, local Fire Dept. NYS Police 

Same as 8 

North Carolina

No 

 

County EMS 

County EMS 

North Dakota

No 

 

Assistance with personnel and equipment. 

same as above. 

Northern Mariana Islands

Yes 

 

Dept. Public Safety Police, Fire Search & Rescue Teams 

Dept. Public Safety Police, Fire Search & Rescue Teams 

Ohio

No 

 

Ohio Watercraft, US Coast Guard and many local law enforcement agencies 

Same as above 

Oklahoma

Yes 

 

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Lake Patrol Section 

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Lake Patrol Section 

Ontario (Canada)

 

 

 

 

Oregon

No 

 

County Sheriffs, generally, but, for boating related SAR, the State Marine Board through contract with county Sheriffs and State Police. 

County Sheriffs 

Pennsylvania

No 

 

Various local organiztions 

Various local organiztions 

Puerto Rico

Yes 

 

Departament of Natyral and Environmental Resources, Municipal and State Policy and Federal Agencies such as USCG 

Same of above 

Quebec (Canada)

 

 

 

 

Rhode Island

No 

 

RI DEM Law Enforcement 

RI DEM Law Enforcement 

South Carolina

Yes 

 

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources 

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources 

South Dakota

No 

 

No one agency is specifically responsible for S&R operations. It is a group effort in SD. 

Same as #8. 

Tennessee

Yes 

 

Operation of Emergency Management and County Rescue Squads 

Operation of Emergency Management and County Rescue Squads 

Texas

No 

 

most any state or local Law Enforcement agency 

most any state or local Law Enforcement agency 

Utah

No 

 

Sheriff Departments 

Sheriff Departments 

Vermont

Yes 

 

U.S. Coast Guard with assistance from the Vermont State Police Marine Division. 

Vermont State Police. 

Virgin Islands

 

 

 

 

Virginia

Yes 

 

Local Fire/Rescue and VDGIF Law Enforcement Division 

Local Fire/Rescue and VDGIF Law Enforcement Division 

Washington

Other, please specify 

Agency Marine Crew dive team maintains facilities 

Local Law Enforcement agencies, Sheriff Departments and Police Departments having jurisdiction on the waters have Emergency Response and SAR responsibilities 

Local Law Enforcement agencies, Sheriff Departments and Police Departments having jurisdiction on the waters have Emergency Response and victim recover 

West Virginia

No 

 

County Emergency Management Agency 

County Emergency Management 

Wisconsin

No 

 

Sheriff's Office 

Sheriff's Office 

Wyoming

No 

 

County Sheriff's Departments but we always assist. Also some Sheriff's Departments don't own boats.  

county Sheriff's Departments.