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Lead/Deadwood District
President: Richard Carlson
Vice President: Hunter Bradley
Secretary: Kay Rear
Training Officer: Bill Weber
Telephone: (605)-584-0029
Fax:           (605)-584-8725
Emergency Management
Director: Paul Thomson
Telephone: (605)-578-2122
Fax:           (605)-578-3148
Search & Rescue Volunteer Waiver
Application for Membership
Photo Gallery
Training Schedule
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The purpose of the Lawrence County Search & Rescue (LSCAR) is to assist in searches and rescues within Lawrence County, and the surrounding area when requested through the Office of Emergency Management. All members of the squad are volunteers and will assist all emergency response agencies, participating in all functions deemed necessary, on a voluntary basis, provided that they fall within the scope of our training and abilities.



The Lawrence County Civil Defense Search & Rescue squad was formed late in the year 1965.  The squad was the first of it's kind in the state of South Dakota. The purpose of the formation of the unit was to "assist the Lawrence County Sheriff with some of the countless calls that come to his office". Among these calls were lost men women and children, lost hunters of all ages, car accidents and a need for law enforcement assistance.  Membership has varied through the years from the original five members to as many as forty-two volunteers.  Funding for the squad is provided through the Lawrence County Office of Emergency Management.



Lawrence County Search & Rescue has the equipment and training to perform extrication of victims of vehicle accidents.    extrication_lowres.jpg (83227 bytes)
search_dog_1_lowres.jpg (70597 bytes)   LCSAR  has the training, manpower, and equipment needed to perform searches for missing persons.  LCSAR has trained with the use of air scent & tracking search dogs and can call on these resources when needed.
LCSAR will perform or assist in carry-out of injured or medical  victims in remote areas.  The team has equipment enough to handle multiple victims if necessary.   zipline_litter_lowres.jpg (94517 bytes)
Rope Rescue
rappel_3.jpg (45975 bytes)   LCSAR has the training and equipment necessary to safely rescue someone that requires the technical application of rope rescue.
Weather Watch & Rescue
The team members perform monitoring for early tornado warning, flood water monitoring, blizzard operations, and any other weather related emergencies.  The team operates two Snowcats for severe winter operations. snowcat_lowres.jpg (73040 bytes)
Remote Lighting
snowcat_lights_lowres.jpg (63900 bytes)   LCSAR has generators, lights, cords, and stands to provide remote lighting wherever needed.
ATV/Snowmobile Rescue
LCSAR has snowmobiles and ATV's with 2 ambulance rescue sleds to handle remote incidents.   snowmobile_ambulance_trailer_lowres.jpg (66136 bytes)



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