National Search And Rescue Committee

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National Search and Rescue Committee logoThe NSARC is a coordinating and deliberative body of Federal agency representatives that share a common interest for the national improvement of civil search and rescue policy, procedures, effectiveness, and standardization.  The purpose of the Committee is to coordinate and provide guidance for the implementation of the National SAR Plan (NSP).

During the National Search and Rescue Conference of 1973, conference participants recognized the administrative void and concluded that a permanent committee needed to be established in order to oversee the administrative safeguarding of the United States National Search and Rescue Plan and to act as a coordinating medium for discussions involving national SAR related matters.  Acting upon the Conference conclusion, the Secretary of Transportation, under DOT order 1120.28 dated 21 May 1974, established through a written inter-agency agreement the Interagency Committee on Search and Rescue (ICSAR) which was charged to carry out the aforementioned functions.  The title name given to the inter-agency committee remained in effect from 1974 until a 1999 revision to the inter-agency cooperation agreement changed the committee’s title name to the “National Search and Rescue Committee (NSARC)”.



2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE * Washington DC 20593
Phone: (202) 372-2090 * Facsimile: (202) 372-8357*
Email NSARC Secretariat here

 NSARC Member Agencies
Logos from the eight different agencies that make up the National SAR Committee



DHS Dept. of Homeland Security
Assistant Commandant for Response Policy / Office of Search and Rescue
U. S. Coast Guard
USCG Search and Rescue Program
FEMA Urban Search and Rescue
DOD Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD); Defense POW/MISSING Personnel Office
U. S. Air Force
USAF Rescue Coordination Center
DOS Department of State Ocean and Polar Affairs
DOC Department of Commerce

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

DOT Department of Transportation


DOI Department of Interior National Park Service
U.S. Geological Survey
FCC Federal Communications Commission


NASA National Aeronautics and
Space Administration
NASA SAR Mission Home Page



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