Turkish Armed Forces Natural Disasters Search and Rescue Battalion (NDSAR) was established with the direction of General Staff on May 31st, 2001 (after the August 17th 1999 earthquake) to carry out special tasks for natural or man-made disasters such as earthquake, conflagration, flood, avalanche, erosion or SAR missions for the missing personnel, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) -Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN)- attacks. NDSAR is well equipped and trained to carry out any assigned mission worldwide.
NDSAR has conducted given SAR tasks successfully at home and abroad regardless of the weather and terrain conditions so far and has the capability to accomplish any SAR mission in the future.
Erosions (Land Slides)
The Capability of Rapid Reaction and Deployment.
The Capability to conduct three different missions concurrently in irrelevant areas.
The Capability to conduct missions without requiring any logistic support including transportation.
The Capability to carry out the first aid and emergency application to a victim and the capacity to deploy the victim to a medical facility.
The Capability to communicate in any weather and terrain conditions by all means.
The Capability to carry out SAR missions in all weather conditions like drastic snow and extreme cold.
The capability to conduct SAR missions on rocky mountains that cause extreme difficult situations.
The capability to conduct SAR missions that require SCUBA skills.
The capability to conduct SAR missions under conflagration conditions.
The capability to conduct missions by using parachute and helicopter.
The capability to conduct SAR missions during disasters like dense snow, avalanche and severe weather conditions.
The capability to serve as a consultant in all SAR missions.
NDSAR is equipped with modern materials and equipment at international standards to perform its duties effectively. In addition the technological developments are being followed and the required materials and equipment are procured immediately.
The equipment and the materials of the NDSAR can be divided into three main groups. These are Personnel Standard Equipment, Team Standard Equipment and Mission Support Equipment.
The necessary equipment that is used personally in missions; Protective Helmet and Lantern, Mask, Harness, Protective Glasses, Respirator, Gas Mask, Overalls, Knee-guards, Boats, Flashlight, Protective Gloves, Bad Weather Conditions Suit and Pocket Stove.
These are the mechanic, optic and electronic equipment of the team members which are used in missions; Combined body harness for mountaineering, Victim lifting harness, Combined mountaineering kit, Various types of mountain ropes, Avalanche cord, First aid flasher, Ice hook, Ice saw, Quick down rope, Rescue rope, Projector, Lantern, Respirator system with bottle, Internal communication (INTERCOM) equipment, Hand radio, Back radio and Satellite phone (SATCOM).
This equipment contains all the materials and vehicles used by the NDSAR including all the equipment possessed by the Bn. HQs. in order to execute command and control; Rubble - Debris Removing Air Bags, Hydraulic Rescue Equipment, Concrete Cutters, Panther Saws, Voice Dosimeters, All Weather Tent, Thermal Camera, Unplugged Stretcher Contents, Snow Motorcycle, Snowshoes, Skis, Pneumatic Drill, Clean Air Compressor, Portable Crane, Portable Generator, Fire - Proof Suit, Fire Extinguisher, Various Kinds of Life Vests, Scuba Diving Equipment, Zodiac Boat, Tripod Crane System, Mountaineering Equipment of Various Types, Global Positioning System (GPS), Monitored Search Apparatus (Search Cam), Cable Communication System (CCS), Personnel Locator System (PLS), Rifle Launched Rope And Hook, CBRN Suit, Combined First Aid Kit, Trauma Kit, Portable First Aid Kit, First Aid Burn Kit, Inflatable Atel Kit, Various Kinds of Neckerchief, Welding Equipment, Search / Rescue Special Command/Control Vehicle, Search / Rescue Masson Dog Team Vehicle, İlk yardım özel müdahale kurtarma aracı and Special Rescue Vehicle.