Alaska Search and Rescue Association | ASARA Radio Network
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ASARA Radio Network

The ASARA Radio Network was funded in 2007 through a grant from the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Public Safety Interoperable Communications Project (PSIC) for non-governmental agencies.


Purpose: The purpose of this page is to outline procedures and guidelines for organizations choosing to participate in the ASARA Radio Network. Any equipment distributed will remain the property of ASARA as dictated by the grant funding. The primary goal is to provide common interoperable radios and accessories to trained volunteer search and rescue (SAR) organizations across the State of Alaska. ASARA may modify these procedures by a majority vote of the ASARA Board of Directors.


Participation Guidelines:
Organizations participating in the ASARA Radio Network must continue to:


1) maintain current ASARA organization membership
2) be recognized as a SAR resource by AST or other municipal, state or federal agency
3) provide annual reports on the status of ASARA Radio Network issued equipment.


Organization responsibilities:
Organizations may deploy ASARA Radio Network equipment in the manner that meets their organizations needs.


Every year, between January 1st and the quarterly ASARA board meeting in February, organizations will provide a report to ASARA on the status of ASARA Radio Network equipment including a plan for repairing any malfunctioning equipment. In addition, organizations will keep their annual dues current by the quarterly ASARA board meeting in February.


ASARA Responsibilities:
With the assistance of the Alaska State Troopers, ASARA will help organizations with maintenance needs. Being one-time funds, ASARA Radio Network equipment may be issued, replaced, recalled, updated, or repaired at the discretion of the ASARA board of directors in accordance with ASARA equipment policies. ASARA may share shipping costs with organizations at ASARA in accordance with ASARA equipment policies.


ASARA will provide a form online where organizations can submit annual reports on the status of ASARA Radio Network equipment.


As of November 2010, all communication equipment acquired under the PSIC grant has been allocated. Until further communication equipment is obtained, ASARA may be unable to add additional organizations to the ASARA Radio Network. If you have any questions, please email


There are 20 organizations currently participating in the ASARA Radio Network across the state of Alaska:


  • Alaska Avalanche Information Center (AAIC) – Valdez
  • Alaska Mountain Rescue Group (AMRG) – Anchorage
  • Alaska Search & Rescue Dogs (ASARD) – Anchorage
  • Alyeska Ski Patrol – Girdwood
  • Anchorage Police Department Auxiliary Search Team (APDST) – Anchorage
  • Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol (ANSP) – Anchorage
  • Bristol Bay Borough Volunteer Fire Department SAR – Naknek
  • Bethel Search and Rescue (BSAR) – Bethel
  • Douglas Mountain Rescue Group (DMRG) – Juneau
  • Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad (KVRS) – Ketchikan
  • Kodiak Island Search and Rescue (KISAR) – Kodiak Island
  • Juneau Mountain Rescue (JMR) – Juneau
  • Juneau Ski Patrol (JSP) – Juneau
  • MATSAR – Wasilla/Palmer
  • PAWS – Fairbanks
  • Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department SAR – Petersburg
  • SEADOGS – Juneau
  • Sitka Mountain Rescue (SMR) – Sitka
  • Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department SAR – Wrangell
  • WSAR – Fairbanks