Background 30 years of service 1985 - 2015
Formed in 1985 Rescue International (RI) is a nonprofit corporation formed from people, response teams and companies that provide special search, rescue, communications and recovery services and products to requesting agencies free of charge. RI's educational programs are based on a foundation of experienced instructors teaching students skills and providing information derived from hands on experience and supported with a written program guide and/or manual. RI has a number of Search and Rescue Training Programs available. RI's canine programs will help train SAR Canine handlers and their dog to reach a minimum Canine Training Standard for each area of operational ability.
Based in Delaware Water Gap, PA., RI members have responded to many of the major disasters in the past 27 years, including the 1987 Bridgeport, CT - Apartment Building Collapse, 1988 Earthquake in Armenia USSR, Hurricanes Hugo-Andrew-Opal, 1999 flooding in Boundbrook, NJ, World Trade Center Disaster Recovery Operations, Water Rescue Operations in New Orleans and two months of Recovery operations in Hancock County MS after Katrina. RI has also responded to many regional rescues including many regional flood operations. The Rescue and Recovery Task Force continues to grow.
RI's Director of Operations, has been active in Search & Rescue for over 40 years. He has participated in hundreds of SAR operations, including many major disasters world wide and has helped to guide the development of RI's structure for response to major incidents and educational programs, based on his many years of experience.
RI's Rescue Data Base maintains a list of specialized resources. Most resources are available free of charge and are provided by the agency or manufacturer as a public service under a sponsorship agreement with RI.