GIS for Wildland Search and Rescue

Maps are at the core of any Search and Rescue (SAR) operation. Geographic information system (GIS) software allows rescue personnel to quickly generate maps that depict specific aspects of the operation and show what is happening on the ground over time.  The maps and operations data can be shared over a network to supply an enhanced common operating picture throughout the Incident Command Post (ICP).

A team of GIS and SAR professionals from Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, Esri, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and the Mountaineer Rescue Group came together to develop the tools and instructions to fit established SAR workflows. The goal is to meet the critical need to provide standards, documents, and training to the international SAR community and establish more widespread and effective integration of GIS into operations.

This web site provides training materials, data sets to be used with the tutorials, the latest version of MapSAR, and links to obtain the free ArcGIS Explorer Desktop as well as an ArcGIS for Desktop free trial version.

Life Saving Maps

Life Saving Maps

Life Saving Maps tells the story of a small, dedicated group of professional rescuers with the vision and initiative to develop an improved method of search and rescue. Watch