Ground Unit

The Ground Unit provides trained volunteers for ground search and rescue operations. This unit is the core of the KCSAR team. All field personnel are assigned to this unit before going on to specialize in other areas of search and rescue.


The Ground Unit is divided into Ground Crews, specialty teams and strike teams.  Currently, the Ground Unit has three Ground Crews, a Bike Team and a Marine Strike Team.

Typical Tasks of the Ground Unit:

  • Area Containment
  • Evidence Search
  • GPS Trail Creation
  • Rapid Searches
  • Loose Grid Search
  • Rapid Intervention Team
  • Tight Grid Search
  • Man Tracking/Sign Cutting
  • Patient Transport

Ground Crew