Join Black Diamond SAR Team

Black Diamond Search and Rescue offers the following opportunities to local governments, EMS agencies, law enforcement, and volunteers, including:

  • State SAR certifications: Black Diamond's team includes Virginia Department of Emergency Management Instructors, who are able to provide training to members seeking to improve their skills and gain certifications in search and rescue.
  • Coordination of resources: Black Diamond can assist in coordinating resources to support search and rescue efforts, including personnel, equipment, and other assets
  • Training opportunities: Black Diamond offers training programs to help individuals and teams sharpen their search and rescue and wilderness skills.
  • Experienced response teams: Black Diamond has more than 30 certified Search Team Members or higher, who are available to respond to local wilderness emergencies.
  • Community involvement and education: Black Diamond provides opportunities for youth and other community members to get involved and learn more about search and rescue operations.
Annual Meeting

To Become a New Member

SAR Team Membership

Application Information

For more information, contact: Mike Maggard

2023 Membership Application

Confidentiality Agreement

Please email your Application and Confidentiality Agreement to: Mike Maggard

Or by mail to:
Black Diamond Search & Rescue
PO Box 22
Marion, VA 24354-0022

Online Incident Command System Prerequsite Resources

You will also need to complete the following online classes. They are provided to you free of charge and can be done at your own pace.

You will first need a FEMA SID# (Student Identification Number) to register for and participate in training.

You can get that the the following url:

After you register and get an SID#. These are the links to the classes.


Remember to Save & Print each certificate when you pass!

Revised Jun 2023