Not sure if this thread would be in the right place, but I'm getting no help anywhere else I ask on the inter-webs. I live in a pretty rural, spread out county of PA, and I believe that we have a serious lack of, and need for, a more local SAR team. All the research I have done as to groups close to Schuylkill County end up as dead ends. The county is located in the east central region of the state, with the two closest groups being based almost 2 hours away. Seeing that all the "local" groups are almost 2 hours away in travel distance, not counting the time to make/receive the phone calls and gather people together. I can see a major need for a local group, even if it's a smaller one that focuses on grid searches, man tracking, and mine rescue at least the community would have boots on the ground in a much quicker manner. Especially since our area is dense forest on the outskirts of the Appalachian Trail, and full of old coal mines. My fiance works for a day program in the area as a Direct Support worker for people with developmental disabilities. When she got the job and I started hearing about the amount of people with Alzheimer's, Autism/Asperger's, Down Syndrome, it helped me reignite the spark to find a SAR team. I even mentioned all this to her, and asked her to find out if any of her co-workers would be willing to join if I could get a team approved. On this same note though, although I have spent a lot of time in the outdoors and I'm comfortable with learning new things, I have basically no experience in SAR. I know how to handle myself, but I also know that it's a very self-funded program to start and myself as well as the other volunteers would need to do a lot of training. I've contacted the two closer SAR teams to me, and all they say is "we would welcome you but you live far away and it costs a lot of money to train". I suppose that my questions for you good folks would be: 1. Have any of you fought through the bureaucratic tape to get your own team started? Or know someone that has? 2. How difficult is it? What are things to focus on (besides funding)? 3. Is there any training I can search out for myself that would help a governing body see that I'm serious/capable?