VA-045-15 – Bland County, VA

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

VA-045-15 – Bland County, VA – Black Diamond was requested to respond to Bland County for a overdue / separated hiker on the Appalachian Trail. Subject was located by SAR resources and returned to their party.Location_of_Bland_County,_Virginia

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VA-041-15 – Henry County, VA

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

VA-041-15 – Henry County, VA – Black Diamond was requested to respond to Henry County for a female subject with possible dementia. Mission was suspended and subject walked out on her own the next day.



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VA-040-15 – Franklin County, VA

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

VA-040-15 – Franklin County – Black Diamond was requested to respond to Franklin County, VA for a male dementia patient. Subject was found alive and well, by SAR resources, the following day.VA_22905

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VA-026-15 – Smyth County, VA

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

VA-026-15  – Smyth County,VA:  On 5/18/2015 Black Diamond SAR was requested by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to assist in locating a downed aircraft. With the help of The Virginia State Police Aviation unit, Civil Air Patrol and members from our sister agency the Southwest Virginia Mountain Rescue Group, the aircraft was located.


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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The outcome of the Noah Thomas search wasn’t what any of us wanted. However the SAR community pulled together and with the local and state resources, fielded a lot of people on a lot of tasks. Not only was I impressed by the SAR effort, I can’t say enough about the turnout from the local fire and rescue personnel. Working alongside those folks and their knowledge of the area and the outpouring of support from the surrounding agencies was impressive to say the least.

I thought you may want to look at some initial numbers.

These will be updated as the data is compiled, however, This isn’t all inclusive:

The mission was started on 3/22 at 12:45 and ended 3/26 around 2100. I don’t have the total number of missions tasked out yet, however in that time frame there were 477 ground personnel, 303 volunteers, 25 staff, 22 dog teams and 2 equestrian teams for a total of 3064 manhours. There were over 6800 miles driven to and from the search, 15 individual SAR teams had members respond, 8 separate government agencies, 22 local agencies, and 14 groups of “Others”


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2015 VASARCo SAR Conference

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Come and celebrate the 30th year anniversary of VASARCo! Enjoy the fellowship of other Virginia SAR persons, and SAR Folks from other states, as we share knowledge and learn new skills! Choose from a 2 day Land Navigation workshop, SOLO Wilderness First Aid, or Lost Person Behavior on Thursday and Friday. Then you can move on to other items such as the following to name a few…

(Click for more info and to sign up)

K9 Tracks to include Air Scent and HRD (Saturday and Sunday)
K9 First Aid
First on Scene
Hemorrhage Control in the Field
Autism Awareness
Clandestine Graves
Responding to the Disaster
Fundraising for Your Organization
Tabletop missions
Snakes of Virginia
Anchors & Semi-Tech Review
Test your Land Nav skills on the Land Nav Challenge
Prepare for a great Bar B Que meal on Saturday night and our Keynote Speaker.

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Black Diamond Search & Rescue is asking for your help!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

As a 501c3 non profit which relies wholly on donations to purchase and maintain vital lifesaving equipment, and continue to offer the best training to our team, We are seeking donations to contuine to provide specially trained professional’s to find lost or missing people in wilderness, rural or disaster environments. We train and employ Ground Teams , Trackers, Search Management teams, K9 Wilderness Live find and K9 Cadaver in a wide variety of environments and weather condition including farmland, wilderness, and urban areas.

We do not get any funding from the state, the government, the police or the counties we serve.
All of our members are 100% volunteer, provide their own personal equipment, take time away from work and loved ones to search for complete strangers.



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VA-033-14 (06/03/14) Speedwell, Virginia

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

On 06/03/2014 BDSAR responded to mission number VA-033-14 in Speedwell, Virginia for a cave rescue mission.

” A group of spelunkers entered a cave south of Speedwell on the west side of U.S. Route 21 this morning, and that sometime after noon one of the cave explorers got wedged in a part of the cave.
He said local rescuers responded and were able to provide the person with medical care. She was alert and interacting with rescuers as they worked.
Various rescue teams responded, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Speedwell volunteer fire department, Rural Retreat rescue, Wythe County rescue squad, Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Black Diamond Search and Rescue, a rescue team that specializes in cave rescue”


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BDSARCO Newsletter Archive Feb 2011 – May 2014

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Newsletters Archives


BDSAR NL Mar 2014

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BDSAR NL Nov 2013

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BDSAR NL Sept 2012

BDSAR NL Nov 2012

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BDSAR NL June 2012

BDSAR NL July 2012

BDSAR NL Jan 2012

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BDSAR NL August 2012

BDSAR NL April 2012

BDSAR February 2011 Newsletter

bdsar newsletter April 2011

bdsar newsletter Dec 2011

bdsar newsletter July 2011

bdsar newsletter June 2011

bdsar newsletter March 2011

bdsar newsletter May 2011

bdsar newsletter Nov 2011

bdsar newsletter Sep-Oct 2011

bdsar newsletter February 2011


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VA-014-14 Scott County

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Black Diamond requested by Virginia EOC to supplement response of Scott Co Fire & Rescue agencies in search of three adult hikers. Subjects were found, and led out of the woods under their own power.

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