Question: What does the LCSSAR do? 

Answer: The volunteers of the LCSSAR perform many civic duties, including:

  • Search for and rescue people lost in the Lyon County wild land areas.
  • Assist the Nevada State Park Rangers at Lake Lahontan during crowded holiday weekends and for special events where large groups of people are involved.
  • Assist the Lyon County Sheriff's Office in locating criminal suspects or escapees.
  • Rescue people and animals that have fallen in or become trapped in mines.
  • Provide security for other agencies, events, or special activities.


Volunteer with LCSSAR

If you are interested in volunteering with LCSSAR, please contact us via the form below. Please include your city of residency and phone number in the message. We look forward to having you as part of the team.

In the 1980s, the Posse trained with the Sheriff's Department and learned basic emergency medicine, basic to intermediate rappelling for mountain and mine shaft rescues and how – and when – to use their weapons in a given situation.

In the 1990s, special training and new equipment helped prepare members for more emergency rescue situations. The first SAR "bus" contained numerous radios, video cameras, TV equipment and a computer. Video cameras allowed the unit to explore mineshaft openings before sending in personnel and helped reduce the risk to rescuers by detailing the condition of the shaft.

One emergency call to the SAR claimed that a man's leg was seen at the bottom of a fairly deep, possibly unstable mine shaft, but when the SAR arrived and dangled the video camera down the shaft on a rope, the "leg" turned out to be a rotting timber and the bottom of the shaft that was full of water. The timely video negated the need for a possibly dangerous rescue attempt.

Members are Nevada POST certified man trackers, proficient in map and compass reading, and are team players. Specialty units include Human Remains Detection (HRD), High Angle Rescue, ATV, Boats and Swift Water Rescue.

The LCSSAR provides other duties to the community, including flood and fire evacuations, security for events, and participate in safety fairs. Other training sessions for the SAR team include helicopter air operations, knot tying, finding downed aircraft, protecting crime scenes and emergency medical training, like Emergency Medical Responder or EMT certification.