Here For You

When people head into Red River Gorge, they don’t plan on having an accident or getting lost. But when “nature happens,” calls for help go out to county search and rescue crews.

Make A Difference

We seek new members on an ongoing basis, and we seek a range of skills and experiences.

Professional Skills - Volunteer Team

We are a volunteer team that believes in the highest standards of training.

Want To Help Powell County Search and Rescue?
There are several ways to do it!

Powell County Search & Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization working in the Red River Gorge Geological Area of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The volunteers of Search & Rescue spend hundreds of hours each year donating their time and talents to rescuing folks from cliffs and rugged terrain. Each rescue is unique and each person we rescue has a story to tell. We invite you to join with us in our mission of saving lives! You can become a valuable part of this effort by helping us accomplish what we are finding to be more and more difficult: funding these rescue missions from our own pockets.

Make A Donation

Powell County Search and Rescue is a non-profit, all volunteer organization funded entirely through individual donations, and fundraisings.

Become A Volunteer

There are many different roles and levels of support – you don’t have to be a world-class climber to provide an indispensable service to the search and rescue community.

Wish List

Please consider making IN-KIND material donations to Powell County Search and Rescue. Tax receipts based on the fair market value can be provided.

Who Are We?

We are an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to aiding persons lost or injured in the back country of Red River Gorge, Kentucky.

Why Donate?

Your generous contribution to our non-profit organization is 100% tax deductible and could one day save your life or the life of a loved one.

Latest Search & Rescue News

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Great training opportunity!!Our next Rope Rescue Technician course is March 25th-29th, 2024. Go to our website to register! Small class sizes make for more hands-on training but the courses fill up quick!
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Great training opportunity!!

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For today's "Meet Me Monday" we would like to introduce you to Jeremy Urekew!

Jeremy's background is extensive to say the least. Former Fire Captain on a heavy rescue company, HazMat Team Manager for the FEMA USAR system, paramedic and rescue specialist with Red STAR Wilderness EMS, owner of a technical rescue training company, subject matter expert in counterterrorism for Department of Homeland Security... just to name a few. As you can see, Jeremy is passionate about all things emergency response.

After joining the team in the spring of 2021, Jeremy has provided us with countless hours of training. Through him and his company Red River Rescue, we have certified approximately 20 new rope rescue technicians and 5 tower rescue technicians.

Jeremy has a way of bringing up those around him to rise to the level of professionalism and passion for emergency response that we always see from him. We cannot thank him enough for his dedication to this team and our community.
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For todays Meet Me Monday we would like to introduce you to Jeremy Urekew!

Jeremys background is extensive to say the least. Former Fire Captain on a heavy rescue company, HazMat Team Manager for the FEMA USAR system, paramedic and rescue specialist with Red STAR Wilderness EMS, owner of a technical rescue training company, subject matter expert in counterterrorism for Department of Homeland Security... just to name a few. As you can see, Jeremy is passionate about all things emergency response.

After joining the team in the spring of 2021, Jeremy has provided us with countless hours of training. Through him and his company Red River Rescue, we have certified approximately 20 new rope rescue technicians and 5 tower rescue technicians. 

Jeremy has a way of bringing up those around him to rise to the level of professionalism and passion for emergency response that we always see from him. We cannot thank him enough for his dedication to this team and our community.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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He is an amazing asset to the team and Kentucky as a whole. He always is upbeat and excited to help out. I am glad he chose PCSAR to call his team(one of them). LOL

πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹ Hey Jeremy! This guy is one of the best in the business!

My 2nd favorite “cat dad”!!! 🐾 Such a great guy!!

Jeremy Urekew is the real deal! Thank you for all you do!!

He is a legend when it comes to rescue. I’m proud to have been trained by him.

Squared away dude that I had the privilege to work with at HACC.

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Our team members have been busy training over the last two weeks! From advanced search techniques, communications, to a variety of incident management courses, our members have really made the most of this off season. We even got some flight time in with our partners at the Lexington Police Department!

Last week two of our members, Brian McKinney and Dewayne Estes, completed a 40 hour Inland Search and Rescue Planning course put on by the US Coast Guard and Air Force. The course went over advanced search techniques, how to pre-plan for incidents, decision making for search strategies, mutual aid agreements, and more!

We were also given the opportunity to learn more about Lexington PD’s helicopter capabilities, specifically their FLIR technologies. Two of our members were given a ride in one of their helicopters to show how it could be used to aid us in wide area searches and night time operations.

Our team Communications Specialist, Jackson Freeman, conducted an internal training on radio communications, programming, and frequencies. Jackson also discussed the appropriate standards and procedures for the "who/what/where/when's" of relaying information via radio.

Inspired by an exciting new team effort (more to come on that later πŸ˜‰), our members completed over 100 hours of FEMA ICS independent study courses!

We are so excited to share with you all of the ways we are working to better ourselves. We are committed to being the best team we can be for our community!
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Our team members have been busy training over the last two weeks! From advanced search techniques, communications, to a variety of incident management courses, our members have really made the most of this off season. We even got some flight time in with our partners at the Lexington Police Department!

Last week two of our members, Brian McKinney and Dewayne Estes, completed a 40 hour Inland Search and Rescue Planning course put on by the US Coast Guard and Air Force. The course went over advanced search techniques, how to pre-plan for incidents, decision making for search strategies, mutual aid agreements, and more! 

We were also given the opportunity to learn more about Lexington PD’s helicopter capabilities, specifically their FLIR technologies. Two of our members were given a ride in one of their helicopters to show how it could be used to aid us in wide area searches and night time operations. 

Our team Communications Specialist, Jackson Freeman, conducted an internal training on radio communications, programming, and frequencies. Jackson also discussed the appropriate standards and procedures for the who/what/where/whens of relaying information via radio.

Inspired by an exciting new team effort (more to come on that later πŸ˜‰), our members completed over 100 hours of FEMA ICS independent study courses! 

We are so excited to share with you all of the ways we are working to better ourselves. We are committed to being the best team we can be for our community!Image attachmentImage attachment+7Image attachment

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Amazing work

Yall are an amazing group ❀️

Wonderful training

Awesome

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