The West Virginia Search and Rescue Council, Inc. was founded in 2009 as a 501c3 non-profit organization to serve as the coordinating agency for search and rescue services throughout the state. The Council continues to develop a system for the provision of personnel, facilities and equipment for the effective and coordinated delivery of search and rescue services.
The Council works with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to coordinate the provision of search and rescue resources as needed by local law enforcement and emergency managers.
The foundation document for search and rescue in West Virginia is the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Governor and the SAR Coordinator for the Inland Region (US Air Force). It outlines the roles and responsibilities of the US Air Force, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Sheriff and the WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) for Civil SAR Incidents and Non-Civil SAR Incidents.
WVDHSEM is the state agency responsible for coodinating all searches with the AFRCC, county Sheriffs, other law enforcement agencies, or any private or public search and rescue group.
The MOU between the WVDHSEM and the AFRCC further delineates the operational procedures for search and rescue within the state.