Search & Rescue


The purpose of the Lawrence County Search and Rescue (LSCAR) is to assist in searches and rescues within Lawrence County, and the surrounding area when requested through the Office of Emergency Management. All members of the squad are volunteers and will assist all emergency response agencies, participating in all functions deemed necessary, on a voluntary basis, provided that they fall within the scope of our training and abilities.


The Lawrence County Civil Defense Search and Rescue squad was formed late in the year 1965. The squad was the first of it's kind in the state of South Dakota. The purpose of the formation of the unit was to "assist the Lawrence County Sheriff with some of the countless calls that come to his office".

Among these calls were lost men women and children, lost hunters of all ages, car accidents and a need for law enforcement assistance. 


Membership has varied through the years from the original five members to as many as forty-two volunteers. Funding for the squad is provided through the Lawrence County Office of Emergency Management.

Photo Gallery

For an insight to the Search and Rescue team and the rescues they perform, please view the photo gallery.