Missions

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2015 Missions

March 21
NJSAR responded with West Milford SAR to Norvin Green State Forest at the request of NJ Parks Police for hikers in need of assistance.

March 6
At the request of the Bergen County Police Department, NJSAR responded to a search for an autistic teenager who was last seen at Campgaw Ski Area. We are proud to have worked side by side with Bergen County Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, OEM and Security, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey State Park Police, Campgaw Ski Patrol, Mahwah Police Department, OEM, EMS and Fire Department, Search and Rescue Teams of Warren County and Valley EMS.

It is not uncommon for people on the autism spectrum to wander. Many police departments have proactive programs, such as Take Me Home, that work with caregivers to gather and store photos and other crucial information. Programs like this afford search and rescue teams immediate access to information that will help them to appropriately and efficiently assist the subject. If you have a loved one on the spectrum, we encourage you to explore these programs.

March 5
At the request of the Monroe Township Police Department, NJSAR, along with several other Search and Rescue Council of New Jersey teams, responded to a search for an adult male.  We are proud to have worked side by side with Monroe Township Police Department, Monroe Township Fire Department, Mid-Atlantic Regional SAR, Search and Rescue Teams of Warren County, and Ramapo Rescue Dogs.

February 15
At the request of the Bergen County Police Department, NJSAR responded to Ramapo Mountain State Park, in response to a report of a hiker with an ankle injury.

2014 Missions

November 10
NJSAR was requested to assist fellow Search and Rescue Council of New Jersey teams who were searching for a missing hunter in Oxford Township. The subject was located while NJSAR was en route.

October 25
At the request of the Bergen County Police Department, NJSAR responded to a search for two overdue hikers at Ramapo Valley County Reservation. Once located, the subjects were transported by Bergen County. We are proud to have worked side by side with the Bergen County Police Department and the Bergen County Security Unit.

October 6
At the request of the Plainfield Police Division, NJSAR assisted with a search for an autistic adult male who had reportedly walked away from his group home. The subject was found safe in New York City early the next morning. We are proud to have worked side by side with Plainfield Police Division, Plainfield Fire Division and EMS, the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit, and fellow Search and Rescue Council of New Jersey teams, Search and Rescue Teams of Warren County, Mid Atlantic Regional Search and Rescue, New Jersey Rescue and Recovery K9 Unit, West Jersey K9 Search and Rescue and Ramapo Rescue Dog Association.

October 2
New York Search and Rescue requested NJSAR respond to Chappaqua, NY to assist with for further search operations, which were to commence at sunrise on October 3rd.   The subject was located late in the evening of October 2nd.

September 21
At the request of the Bergen County Police Department, NJSAR responded to Ramapo Valley County Reservation to locate an overdue hiker. Once located, the subject was transported by Bergen County UTV. We are proud to have worked side by side with the Bergen County Police Department.

September 7
NJSAR responded to Ramapo Valley County Reservation at the request of Bergen County PD to locate two overdue hikers. Once located, the subjects were escorted to their vehicle. We are proud to have worked side by side with the Bergen County Police Department K-9 unit and the Bergen County Security Unit.

August 12
At the request of the New Jersey State Park Police, NJSAR responded to High Point State Park to search for a lost hiker who was requesting medical assistance. Once located, the subject was transferred to Wantage Township EMS. We are proud to have worked side by side with NJ State Park Police, NJ State Police, Search and Rescue Teams of Warren County and the Wantage Township EMS.

July 10
NJSAR was requested to assist fellow Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Council teams on a missing person search in East Stroudsburg, PA. The subject was found while NJSAR was en route.

June 27
NJSAR was placed on stand-by by West Milford Search and Rescue for a possible response in the township. The search resolved before NJSAR was en route.

June 3-8
NJSAR was honored to be the local host for the 2014 SARCON, working hand in hand with the National Association for Search and Rescue and the Mountain Rescue Association. Extensive classroom training was hosted in Woodcliff Lake, while several days of hands-on field training were held at Ramapo Valley County Reservation, Campgaw Mountain County Reservation, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation and High Point State Park. NJSAR wishes to thank the Bergen County Police Department, the Bergen County Transportation Department, the Bergen County Parks Department, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation and the MASR Backwoods Engineering Group, the NJ State Park Service and the NJ State Park Police for their support of this mission.

May 20
NJSAR was requested to assist on a multi-agency search for a reported despondent adult male in Ramapo State Forest. We are proud to have worked side by side with NJ State Police, NJ State Park Police, Bergen County Police, Bergen County Security, Franklin Lakes PD and Oakland Police, OEM, Fire and EMS.

May 19
NJSAR responded to a request from Wayne Police Department to assist with a search for a missing adult female in High Mount Park. We are proud to have worked side by side with the Wayne Police Department, Wayne Park Ranger, William Paterson University Police and the North Haledon Fire Department.

April 17, 20
At the request of the Fort Lee Police Department, NJSAR assisted with an ongoing search for a missing male in the Palisades Interstate Park. We appreciate the efforts of Ramapo Rescue Dog Association, who also responded to the search.

March 25, 26, 28, 29, April 6
Long Hill, NJ PD and Morris County Prosecutor’s office requested NJSAR’s assistance with an ongoing search for a missing adult male. We are proud to have worked side by side with fellow Search and Rescue Council of New Jersey teams, Mid-Atlantic Regional Search and Rescue, Search and Rescue Teams of Warren County and Ramapo Rescue Dog Association and the Milton Fire Department.

March 24
NJSAR was requested by the Paterson Fire Department and Passaic County Sheriff’s Department to assist with a rescue of a dog on a cliff at Garret Mountain in Woodland Park. Now named Easter for her resemblance to the Easter Bunny, the poodle mix has been adopted by Paterson Firefighter, Paul DiFalco and his family.

March 23
NJSAR was requested by Ringwood PD to respond to the Stonetown section of town for a hiker with a knee injury. NJSAR was cancelled en route, as the subject was located and extracted by Police ATV. West Milford Search and Rescue, Ringwood PD and Ringwood EMS were on scene.

March 15
NJSAR responded to Ramapo Valley County Reservation at the request of Bergen County PD to located four lost hikers.   The hikers were located and then transported by Bergen County UTV. We are proud to have worked side by side with the Bergen County Police Department.

March 8
NJSAR responded to Ramapo Valley County Reservation, at the request of Bergen County PD, to locate a hiker with a self-reported ankle injury. The subject was located and extracted to a Bergen County UTV, and then transferred to Mahwah EMS. We are proud to have worked side by side with the Bergen County Police Department and Mahwah EMS.

January 20
Ringwood PD requested NJSAR’s assistance with a search for a party of lost hikers in Norvin Green State Forest. Prior to responding to the scene, NJSAR initiated remote planning, and mapped and communicated the hikers’ location to West Milford Search and Rescue, who located and extracted the hikers.