About Us

Hoosier State Search and Rescue is made up of

human ground searchers

canine handlers

and working canines

We have both certified and in-training members in various stages of their search and rescue journeys who make up our team. The time we dedicate to training and participating in official searches is all volunteer, meaning we do not receive any compensation. We spend an average of 2-5 hours per week training as a team and several hours outside of that individually working on our own search skills as well as our canine partners' skills. Training locations are located across Indianapolis and the surrounding areas.

We are on call 24/7 to assist law enforcement and official emergency service organizations on official searches with the location, rescue and/or recovery of lost or missing persons.

Our canine partners specialize in 3 different types of searching:

    • live area search - canines will find and alert when a living human subject is present in a given area
    • trailing search - canines will follow the general path of a living human subject when provided with a last known point and scent article
    • human remains detection search - canines will find and alert when human remains are present in a given area

Our human team members specialize in ground searching and are certified through the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) with either SARTECH Level III or SARTECH Level II certifications.

If you are interested in learning more about our team, please click on the Contact Us button below to send us an email.

If you are interested in attending a training session as a visitor to hide for our canine partners, please visit the Visitors page by clicking below.