Search and Rescue

A helicopter hovers above several people next to a rocky cliff
An NPS helicopter in flight for a Search and Rescue mission.

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No matter the cause, NPS responders, officers, and special agents are the professionals for inland search-and-rescue (SAR) operations and missing person investigations, from urban parks to wilderness areas of the National Park System. The NPS is dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and wellness of our visitors and employees. Read about some of the interesting SAR stories here.

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