TrotSAR Mounted Search and Rescue Team, Inc

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The TrotSAR Mounted Team will respond to requests from responsible government authorities for assistance in searches of lost or missing persons in wilderness, rural and urban/suburban areas within the States of Maryland and Virginia, by providing highly trained first responder resources mounted on horseback. In addition, the TrotSAR Mounted team is capable of deployment within the entire Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III (MD, VA, DE, PA, WV and DC). The TrotSAR Mounted Team has a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) emergency response SAR agreement with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

The Team also has adopted and meets the Maryland Natural Resources Police and Maryland State Police NGO Search Team Standards. Additionally, the Team meets and/or exceeds the Mounted Search and Rescue (MSAR) standards that have been established by the State of Virginia Department of Emergency Management and is compliant with the ASTM International F2794-09 MSAR Responder Level 1 Standard. As such, a deployed TrotSAR Mount Team consists of at least two (2) riders and two (2) equine mounts. In otherwords, the team always deploys in pairs.

Each team member is equipped with a handheld VHF 2-way radio programmed with frequencies compatible with law enforcement and other search agencies. Each rider is a self sufficient first responder resource and carries equipment and supplies for a minimum deployment period of 72 hours, including first-aid and basic survival equipment. Team members (at their own expense) supply their own transportation, fuel, search gear, tack and supplies for themselves and their horse.

The Team and its members are self-equipped to establish their own base camp at or near an incident command post site. All certified team members are issued a TrotSAR Mounted Team photo identification card and have submitted to a criminal background check.


All operational members of the Mounted Team have completed over 100 hours of academic training and field exercises, covering search and rescue related topics such as:

TrotSAR Mounted Team members also receive training from a host of recognized resources. All deployable members attend a minimum of 40 hours of in-service training annually and have received certifications from the Department of Homeland Security for the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Command System (ICS) and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) courses. All operational members have also obtained the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) SAR TECH III, Maryland Natural Resource Police Search Team Member (STM) course or the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Field Team Member (FTM) course certification. Several members have obtained the NASAR SAR TECH II certification, with most members obtaining wilderness first aid certification (or higher).

As a service to Responsible Authorities, we have developed a trifold handout reference to highlight our capabilities. Please click this link to download the TrotSAR Trifold. (requires Adobe Acrobate to view PDF file)

TrotSAR Mounted Team Standards

Maryland Equine Self Certification Health self certification certificate to be carried in trailer on all missions by members.

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Last Updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 5:17 PM

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