- The FIDO Bag Project - April 01, 2014
- 'Project Blue' Gets Underway - March 17, 2014
- Apache Junction-based search and rescue efforts aided by remote-control quadcopter - February 18, 2014
- Eye In The Sky - November 26, 2013
- Widow criticizes Pinal County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team after they failed to find husband - November 11, 2013
- Dennis Mack of SSAR featured in Kollenborn's Chronicles - July 3, 2013
- "I was lied to and treated with disrespect." - April 27, 2013
- Hiker's Body Found in Mtns. - April 19, 2013
- Body of Missing Lost Dutchman Hiker Possibly Found by Superstition Search and Rescue - April 19, 2013
- Body of missing hiker found in Superstitions - April 19, 2013
- Golden Sun R.V. Resort Assists Superstition Search & Rescue - January 30, 2013
- Body of man who hunted legendary 'Lost Dutchman's' gold mine believed found in Arizona mountains - November 29, 2012
- Superstition Search and Rescue Team Finds Human Remains in Same Area Where Missing Gold Prospector's Campsite Was Found in 2009 - November 27, 2012
- 2012 Grand Canyon Clean Up - October 8, 2012
- Jeff Block, buddy Blue are leaving their mark - August 25, 2012
- Missing Ariz. man found dead in truck, police confirm - August 10, 2012
- AJ man and his dog killed in truck crash -- found at bottom of Salt River Canyon by search team - August 8, 2012
- A Deadly Vision - February 28, 2011
- Third body found in Superstitions - January 24, 2011
- Local search and rescue team believes remains in Superstitions may be missing Utah man - January 17, 2011
- 2010 Review - January 1, 2011
- Moonlight hike held for FBI - November 4, 2010
- Missing Man Found Dead - October 18, 2010
- 20th Annual Grand Canyon Clean Up - October 17, 2010
- SSAR Receives CERT Training - July 19, 2010
- SSAR Expands Services to Include Urban Rescue - January 14, 2010
- SSAR Delivers - January 5, 2010
- SSAR Finds Body in San Tan Valley Canal - January 3, 2010
- Search and Rescue Receives State Commendation - December 6, 2009
- Second Rescue in SSAR's Final Days with County - November 29, 2009
- Injured Woman Rescued From Cliff - November 25, 2009
- Superstition Mountain Rescue - October 26, 2009
- SSAR Will Not Join Sheriff's Posse - October 16, 2009
- Hiker located in little over an hour by SSAR - September 15, 2009
- Search and Rescue Participates in Rescue Rodeo - June 15, 2009
- Two Rescued From Superstitions - September 29, 2008
- Superstition Search and Rescue Inspires 'Rock the Boat' - September 10, 2008
- Climber clung for life before 80-foot fall - March 15, 2008
- Phoenix New Times Best Mountain Rescue - March 01, 2008
- AJ hiker survives 6 days injured in Superstitions - April 19, 2007
- SSAR is First Recipient of the Lacy-Conner Peterson Grant - May 22, 2006
SSAR Expands Services to Include Urban Rescue
Gold Canyon Today
Not just your usual Search and Rescue anymore; the New Year has brought organizational changes and additional services that will position SSAR to be a multi-faceted search and rescue organization uniquely equipped to provide both wilderness and urban search and rescue services.
"We are now governed by an Administrative Board and we have two search and rescue teams; Wilderness and Urban" said former SSAR Commander Robert Cooper; now Director of Urban SAR. "The change (in structure) is due to our expansion into Urban SAR," explained Cooper, who added that they already have 15 Urban SAR trained members and expect to have another 20 trained in the next couple of months.
The SSAR restructuring has resulted in the formation of an Administrative Board of Directors consisting of Director Richard Wilson, Treasurer James Ballard, Secretary Joyce Wilson and Resource Officer Eileen Tremonti. Former SSAR Commander Robert Cooper will take on the position of Urban SAR Director and Mike Wallace will be the director of the Wilderness SAR team.
Over their nearly thirty years of service to the community, SSAR has received local and national recognition for their life-saving achievements. While the working relationship that SSAR had for decades with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office has ceased; SSAR is now working closely with the Apache Junction Police Department to expand their search and rescue services to include an Urban SAR team.
The Urban SAR team will combine their previous wilderness search and rescue skills with their Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to assist in urban related issues such as "cold cases", lost children and adults, urban disaster issues and more.
The Homeland Security and FEMA recognized CERT training provides these individuals with the skills to determine what immediate services will be needed following a major disaster, thereby equipping them to make life decisions regarding rescuer safety and also what actions will provide the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT trained individuals are uniquely skilled to organize and mobilize teams to offer immediate help to victims while assisting first responders until professional services arrive.
CERT trained individuals can assist in any type of disaster; man-made or natural, such as the recent earthquake in Haiti where CERT trained individuals are already working in a coordinated, cohesive effort to save lives and provide survivors with necessities.
Superstition Search and Rescue (SSAR) is a volunteer service organization that assists individuals who experience wilderness-related and urban related problems. The members are highly skilled in wilderness first-aid, technical rescue, orienteering, urban rescue techniques and do not charge for these life-saving services. They sacrifice their personal time and resources to assist those in need and operate a 24/7 rescue hotline at 480-620-0299 for those needing assistance.
SSAR relies on donations from individuals and/or corporations and fund-raising activities to support the training and equipment they need to continue serving individuals who find themselves in a situation in which they require assistance. All donations are tax deductible and no matter what the amount, provide the group with valuable equipment and resources necessary to do their job - saving lives.
If you would like to donate to the unsung heroes of Superstition Search & Rescue, please send a check or money order payable to SSAR, P.O. Box 1123, Apache Junction, AZ 85217. For more information on SSAR or to make on online donation visit SSAR at http://www.superstition-sar.org.