Drill informationEvents

RCSAR regularly participates in community events!

Are you hosting a local event in the greater Rensselaer area? We’d love to be a part of it.

Regular meeting and Drill information

Rensselaer County Search and Rescue meets for drill, business and training on the first and third Wednesday of each month. If you have business with us or wish to coordinate a training session with your service, please contact us at least 1 month in advance.

Drills and Training examples

  • Search Ettique
  • Radio and GPS use
  • Search documentation
  • working with trained search animals
  • Area familiarization
  • operational procedure
  • Incident Management
  • Map and Compass
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • and many other aspects of Search and Rescue


Grafton WinterFest 2023

Winterfest 2023 at Grafton Lakes State Park includes visits with your favorite bloodhounds, food venders, a polar Plunge and more!

We offer search demonstrations, subject tracking examples and a chance to meet the dogs. This year we had a great turn out and had a lot of fun meeting everyone!

This Meet and Greet is an important part of the training cycle for tracking dogs. Our trainers use the opportunity to teach the dogs the difference between the work of “finding” the subject and how to work with the distraction of a crowd. Thank you for participating in our training!

Memorial Day 2022

Rensselaer County Search and Rescue is honored to remember our fallen military by participating in Memorial Day parades in North Greenbush, East Greenbush, and Castleton.

Cabin Fever 2022

Every January

RCSAR has participated in this annual event at Grafton Lake State Park since the 1990’s. Meet some of the canine stars of our program and their trainers too! We do practice searches and community outreach events throughout the capital region.

Town of North Greenbush Holds Public Safety Day

Rensselaer County Search and Rescue participated in the Public Safety Day in North Greenbush. October 9, 2021.

Residents met the search animals, handlers, and investigated our equipment while meeting representatives of law enforcement, fire departments, ambulances and transportation services.

Thank you for attending and visiting!

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