Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue team membersThe 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.

Search and rescue team membersThe team responds to many incidents each year, including lost hikers, hunters, skiers, boaters, children and elderly subjects.

Hiking Safely in Vermont

hikesafe logoVisit hikeSafe for information on hiking safely in Vermont.

hikeSafe was designed to educate those hiking about the steps they must take in order to be prepared before entering the forest. This was the first campaign focusing on hiker safety to target, on a grand scale, campground users, summer camps and group leaders, as well as day hikers and backpackers. This website also provides lots of valuable information and links about hiking opportunities, maps and other resources for planning your hiking trip in Vermont

Search & Rescue Team Commander

Lieutenant Matthew Nally Sr.
VSP Middlesex
1080 US Route 2
Middlesex, VT 05602
Tel: 802-229-9191

 

 

 

DPS Search & Rescue Coordinator

Neil Van Dyke is the Search and Rescue Coordinator for the Department of Public Safety. 

He can be reached at VSP Headquarters
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671
Phone:  802-241-5656

 

 

 

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Contact Information

Vermont State Police HeadquartersVSP Seal
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
M - F / 8am - 4pm
Telephone - 802-241-5260

Please call your nearest VSP Barrack outside of normal business hours.

 

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