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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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While cleaning and restocking the Rescue truck from the 4 calls we had over the weekend, we received another call. A hiker on the original trail at Natural Bridge fell and hit their head and required medical attention. Red STAR Wilderness EMS and Powell County Emergency Medical Services responded with PCSAR to attend to the hiker. It became obvious the the patient would have to be flown out, so the team quickly carried the patient out of the woods to receive the needed medical care. We hope the hiker will make a quick revovery. We also want to thank Natural Bridge State Resort Park employees for helping. ... See MoreSee Less

While cleaning and restocking the Rescue truck from the 4 calls we had over the weekend, we received another call. A hiker on the original trail at Natural Bridge fell and hit their head and required medical attention. Red STAR Wilderness EMS and Powell County Emergency Medical Services  responded with PCSAR to attend to the hiker. It became obvious the the patient would have to be flown out, so the team quickly carried the patient out of the woods to receive the needed medical care. We hope the hiker will make a quick revovery. We also want to thank Natural Bridge State Resort Park employees for helping.Image attachment

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Another Great rescue. Prayers for the patient.

Prayers for the patient and rescue family

Prayers for the victims great work

Thank you and prayers for the hiker

Thank you to all involved!

Kudos to the team

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At approx 6:45 PM this evening, Powell County 911 Dispatch received a non-emergent call from 3 hikers who requested assistance getting back to their vehicle on Nada Tunnel Road.

These 3 hikers had began their hike at Martin’s Fork Trailhead Lot and hiked up to Grays Arch. Upon departing from Grays Arch, they became turned around and ended up walking out on Tunnel Ridge Road at the Grays Arch Parking Lot.

Luckily the hikers were not dehydrated, but were in need of some water, snacks, air conditioning, and some good fellowship.

SAR Member Jackson Freeman transported the hikers back to their vehicle with our Rescue Truck 1 and along the way provided them with information on navigational apps for hiking and the importance of carrying additional water and snacks when hiking in the heat.
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At approx 6:45 PM this evening, Powell County 911 Dispatch received a non-emergent call from 3 hikers who requested assistance getting back to their vehicle on Nada Tunnel Road. 

These 3 hikers had began their hike at Martin’s Fork Trailhead Lot and hiked up to Grays Arch. Upon departing from Grays Arch, they became turned around and ended up walking out on Tunnel Ridge Road at the Grays Arch Parking Lot.

Luckily the hikers were not dehydrated, but were in need of some water, snacks, air conditioning, and some good fellowship.

SAR Member Jackson Freeman transported the hikers back to their vehicle with our Rescue Truck 1 and along the way provided them with information on navigational apps for hiking and the importance of carrying additional water and snacks when hiking in the heat.

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Thankful for your support and helping everyone get back to where they need to be.

Powell County Search & Rescue what navigation apps do you suggest?

That is my buddy!!! You go Jackson!!! Miss you!!!🙏🙏🙏

Another Great job ❤

Thank you for taking care of those that need help

Anytime you get lost just start talking about politics and someone will show up to argue with ya 😂 and then just follow them back out of the woods 🤣😇😂

Great job answering the call as always ‼️‼️ Hope we never call ya’ll but we sure are thankful that you are there if we need ❤️❤️

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This week, Powell County Search and Rescue took delivery of six new Kenwood NX-5200 radios.

These new Kenwood radios will allow our first responders to communicate effectively with neighboring county agencies across multiple different radio systems, as well as, State and Federal agencies. These new radios were delivered with new remote speaker mic's, AA clamshell battery cases, and high-gain antennas.

The purchase of these radios were made possible through a grant by Rocky Talkie in partnership with American Alpine Club. Powell County Search and Rescue was awarded $10,000 dollars in grant funding for upgrading and replacing communication equipment. A portion of the grant was used to purchase the radios you see pictured here, the remaining funds are being spent on Starlink Satellite Internet and equipment for our Command Trailer for use while deployed in a remote setting.

We would like to thank J&N Electronics in Carrollton, Kentucky for supplying these radios from Kenwood. They have been nothing short of amazing in getting these new radios ordered, delivered, and ready for use by our team.
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This week, Powell County Search and Rescue took delivery of six new Kenwood NX-5200 radios. 

These new Kenwood radios will allow our first responders to communicate effectively with neighboring county agencies across multiple different radio systems, as well as, State and Federal agencies. These new radios were delivered with new remote speaker mics, AA clamshell battery cases, and high-gain antennas.

The purchase of these radios were made possible through a grant by Rocky Talkie in partnership with American Alpine Club. Powell County Search and Rescue was awarded $10,000 dollars in grant funding for upgrading and replacing communication equipment. A portion of the grant was used to purchase the radios you see pictured here, the remaining funds are being spent on Starlink Satellite Internet and equipment for our Command Trailer for use while deployed in a remote setting.

We would like to thank J&N Electronics in Carrollton, Kentucky for supplying these radios from Kenwood. They have been nothing short of amazing in getting these new radios ordered, delivered, and ready for use by our team.Image attachment

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What is happening with the baefong UV-5r?

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