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.

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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PCSAR, along with Red STAR, held their monthly joint training operation on Saturday 03/20/21 in the Gray’s Arch area. David Fifer, paramedic with Red STAR, discussed patient packaging in a wilderness environment, as well as hypothermia. Sometimes an IV is required to administer medications during a rescue operation, and depending on the situation, the large vein in the neck may be the best option. An IV is beyond basic wilderness first aid, so partnering with Red STAR allows more advanced medical options during rescues.

PCSAR members practiced moving a stokes basket down rocky ledges. This was also an opportunity for the team to practice communication standards. Rope techs rotated members through different segments of high and low angle rope operations. Afterward, some of the SAR team members enjoyed their first rappelling experience.

Red STAR- Red River Gorge Special Treatment, Access and Rescue

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