Frequently Asked Questions
How much do your services cost?
When responding to a true emergency, DELMARVA Search and Rescue
does not charge for it's services. We are a volunteer group,
and provide our own gear and transportation to all emergency
callouts. Many of the training classes we hold are also done
without cost. In our "business", we'd much prefer
people don't get into the situations we're called to get them out
of. So we offer training to the community, as well as other
public safety and search groups with the hope that the information
will prevent a serious incident one day.
Sometimes, due to the nature
of the class we teach, it's necessary to charge a fee for materials
and time. These costs are always communicated up front, and we
believe that they are very reasonable when compared to similar
classes held by for-profit groups.
How can I join your team? What are the requirements?
Email us ... we can provide all the answers you need.
Where is DELMARVA? What area does your team cover?
DELMARVA stands for Delaware, Maryland, Virginia.
Our primary callout area consists of the states of Delaware and Maryland, plus the Virginia peninsula. Upon request (and barring financial and manpower restrictions) we will respond to emergencies or training anywhere we can be of assistance. We also work in Pa, Va, and Wva as requested to do so through the ASRC.
How do I choose a Search and Rescue Team? Are you the only one?
There are many teams in the area - check our links page for more information. When choosing
a team, it's important to learn about the team. Make sure they're incorporated (this protects individuals
from liability). Any corporation should have a charter and bylaws ... check them out to see if you
agree with how they do things. Check on insurance ... will you be covered if you are injured?
If you make a bad decision in the field? If they say they're charitable, check them out with the IRS
before assuming you can write off expenses or accept donations. It's easy to check to see if a group
is an "exempt" group by IRS standards: Call 1-877-829-5500, listen to the menus,
and give the IRS employee the name of the group.
Find out what the team's training focuses on. Some teams are ground search teams only, others are just canine teams, while others are both. Check the standards the team follows ... some teams are NASAR-oriented, while other teams follow local SAR council standards or conference standards.
Ask the prospective team if you can attend a training session with them. You'll get to see them
"in action" to see how they interact, what the leadership is like, etc. You may be asked to
sign a training waiver, which protects the team from liability. It's important to do your homework, and
see if you "fit" into the team environment. These are people you'll be training and responding with,
so it's important to feel that it's a match for your goals and personality.