Search & Rescue
The Department of Public Safety has jurisdictional authority for backcountry search and rescue in Vermont. The State Police Search & Rescue Team provides highly trained search management personnel, as well as trained field personnel. The team also partners with many volunteer search and rescue teams, local first responders, ski patrols, local law enforcement agencies, Vermont Fish & Wildlife game wardens and others in a collaborative approach to locate and evacuate lost subjects.
Search and Rescue Team members must maintain top physical conditioning and operate in extreme environments for extended periods of time. They receive specialized training in land navigation, snowmobile and ATV operation, search techniques, outdoor survival and search management.
The team responds to many incidents each year, including lost hikers, hunters, skiers, boaters, children and elderly subjects.
The State Police Search and Rescue Team is commanded by Lieutenant Matt Nally.
Neil Van Dyke is the full time Search and Rescue Coordinator for the Department of Public Safety. For further information he can be contacted at 802-241-5656.