UVWRT is not accepting applications for membership at this time.
If you would like to be considered for a future training cycle, please read this page and click on the link to the Interested in Joining form at the bottom.
Joining UVWRT is a major commitment. You will need to discuss this commitment with your family, friends and employer (or advisers/professors) because responding to callouts will involve making difficult choices in terms of personal priorities. We have had many enthusiastic trainees join only to realize that they do not have the flexibility to remain an active member of the team.
Joining UVWRT is also a financial commitment. Annual team dues are $25 and we use the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) handbook, Fundamentals of Search and Rescue, as our training manual. It costs about $38 and is available new or used from a variety of sources. UVWRT provides no reimbursement of any kind for clothing, gear, electronics or mileage. We drive a lot and fuel adds up. If you work, you may end up taking vacation days, and that adds up. Purchasing a GPS (optional but highly recommended) is expensive, and that adds up. We have some team gear that you can borrow for trainings, but be prepared for some significant purchases and accumulating costs.
Lastly, searches are never convenient. We get called out at all hours of the day and night, in all kinds of weather on any given day of the year. To be an active team member, you must be able to drop what you’re doing, rearrange your schedule at the last minute and be prepared to put off what your were going to do in the next few hours (or days!) in order to respond. The unpredictability and disruption is the most difficult part of volunteer search and rescue operations.
For more of a sense of what SAR is like in NH, read Forest Journal: The call of the wilderness rescuers.
If you would like to join, please complete the Interested in Joining form and we will contact you when a future training cycle opens.