Formed in 1985 Rescue International (RI) is a IRS 501c3 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 programs will help train Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) members, Communications Assistance Team (CAT) members and SAR Canine handlers and their dogs and rescue technicians to reach an advanced Training Standard for each area of operational ability for membership on the Rescue and Recovery Task Force (RRTF).
Based in Delaware Water Gap, PA, RI members have responded to many of the major disasters in the past 32 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 chapter rescues including many regional flood operations. The Rescue and Recovery Task Force continues to grow nationally. The Expansion of the State and regional Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) will take in volunteers nationally, train them to FEMA CERT standards, national recognized SAR standards for Wide Area search operations during disasters.
RI's Director of Operations, has been active in Search & Rescue for over 45 years. He has participated in thousands of SAR operations, including many major disasters worldwide 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, along with a staff and advisory board that has hundreds of years of combined experience.
RI's Rescue Data Base maintains a list of specialized rescue recovery resources. Those resources are available free of charge and are provided by the agency or manufacturer as a public service under a sponsorship agreement with RI.