Search and Rescue (SAR) involves locating and evacuating persons who are trapped, lost and/or injured. The Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference (ASRC) is a confederation of wilderness search and rescue organizations who provides professional volunteers trained in search management and field operations for missions in the mid-Atlantic region. Services include all-weather search and rescue for missing persons and downed aircraft, complete search and rescue management, as well as safety and survival education. Our conference is comprised of individual groups of professional volunteers who dedicate extensive amounts of time for rigorous training, search missions, group functions, preventative instruction, and public awareness. We have over 40 years of experience and our organization routinely trains other state, federal, and local government representatives in the art of search and rescue. With seven teams spanning five states and over 300 active members, we are one of the oldest and largest SAR resources in the United States.