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General Yaşar GÜLER was born in Ardahan in 1954. He graduated from the Army Academy with the rank of Second Lieutenant in 1974 and from Signal Corps School in 1975.

Having served as the Signaling Platoon and Company Commander at various units between the years of 1975 and 1984, General GÜLER graduated from the Army War College in 1986 and from the Armed Forces College in 1988.

As staff officer, he served as the Chief of Operations at the Internal Regional Command between 1986 and 1988, as the Planning Officer at the Evaluation and Inspection Division of the Army between 1988 and 1991, as the Chief of the Operations and Training Branch at the 12th Infantry Division between 1991 and 1992, as the Internal Security Battalion Commander between 1992 and 1994 in Silopi, as the Turkish Deputy Brigade Commander in Bosnia-Herzegovina between 1994 and 1995,...



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.


6 Personnel in total; including Team Commander, Listening & Search Specialist, Rescue Specialist (2 Per.) and Medics (2 Per.)


7 Personnel & 6 Search Dogs in total; including, Section Commander, Specialist Trainer (6 Per.) and Search Dog (6).


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.

Outside View

Inside View

Search Dog Section


SAR with Voice, Listening Apparatus and Search Dog

Using the Cutters and Separators

Detecting a Victim and First Aid / Evacuation

The Module Carried by Helicopters

Loading the Plane

Deployment of the SAR Teams

Searching for the Victims

Evacuation of the Victims

Sheltering at Cold Weather Conditions

NBC Contamination and the Preparation Phase

Deployment to the Disaster Area and the Execution

Evacuation of the Victims

Marking the Location of the Victims and Landing of the Teams

Approaching to the Victims

Evacuation of the Victims and SAR Personnel with the Lifter

Search for the Victims with Voice / Dog

Mounting of Bridges and Passing Techniques

Evacuation of the Victims with Lifter

Picking Up of the Victims from Water

Deployment of The SAR Teams to the Area

Evacuation by Helicopter

Evacuation by Lifter

Evacuation by Sliding Wire

Beginners Training Phase at Oğulbey Facilities

Deployment and the SAR Exercises of the Teams

Evacuation of the Victim by Sliding Wire

SAR Training in Forests


With regards to SAR missions; during SAR missions in mountain and avalanche between January 5th-April 19th 2016 in Dağlıca/Hakkari, Urban SAR missions between February 19th -June 3rd 2016 in Sur/Diyarbakır and between March 14th-June 9th 2016 in Nusaybin/Mardin totally 12 victims were rescued.

A wounded mountain climber was rescued on August 30th 2000 at Aladağlar / Demirkazık Peak,Niğde.

The teams were deployed to Antakya on May 09th 2001 in order to conduct SAR missions for a flood disaster.

On August 19th 2001, the teams participated in a SAR Operation for the 6 victims who were confined in Peynirlikönü cave in Anamur / İçel.

On February 03rd 2002 a reconnaissance mission was conducted to detect the damage after the Afyon Earthquake.

On February 25th 2002, the teams participated in a SAR mission for a missing mountain climber.

NDSAR teams participated in the SAR activities after the Bingöl earthquake on May 01st 2003 and our 83 citizens, 38 alive, 45 dead were found under the wreckage.

The teams evacuated the bady of a deceased mountain climber on August 07th 2003 in Niğde / Aladağlar / Demirkazık Peak.

On January 17th 2004, the teams took part in a SAR mission that was conducted for a crashed F-16 aircraft in Tavşanlı / Kütahya.

On March 03rd 2005, the teams took part in a SAR mission that was conducted for a crashed F-16 aircraft in Saitler / Karabük.

The SAR activities for the Pakistan Earthquake on October 08th 2005. 2 alive and 22 wounded were detected under the wreckages.

On February 11th, bodies of deceased 4 dead mountain climbers were evacuated from avalanche in Aladağlar Terrain / Niğde in a SAR mission.

On January 03rd 2006, 2 alive and 2 wounded mountain climbers were evacuated from Hasan Mountain / Aksaray.

On January 11th 2006, 13 victims were evacuated from a block of flats after a cauldron explosion in Diyarbakır.

On January 01st, a SAR mission was conducted in order to search and rescue a group of climber on Demirkazık Peak in Aladağlar / Niğde. Totally 4 climbers; 3 alive, 1 injured were rescued while bodies of 2 deceased climbers were evacuated.

NDSAR has taken part during the earthquakes occurred on December 27th-28th, 2007 in Afşar / Bala / Ankara.

During the rescue operations performed to save the victims trapped under the collapsed Boğaziçi Private Koran Boarding Course building where an explosion took place resulting from a gas leak in Balcılar / Taşkent / Konya on August 1st 2008, 2 wounded and 4 dead (6 persons in total) were extracted from the ruins of building.

8 mountaineers (1 wounded) has been evicted during an SAR effort to save the stranded mountaineers on Ağrı Mountain (Doğubeyazıt / Ağrı) on February 20th -22nd, 2009

NDSAR has participated in the SAR efforts to save the stranded victims of avalanche occurred in Ovit Mountain, İkizdere / Rize Region on November 21st, 2009.

In the aftermath of the earthquake of magnitude 7,2 occurring in Erçiş/Van, the Special Forces Disaster Search and Rescue Battalion Command and General Command of Gendarmerie, Gendarmerie Special Search and Rescue Battalion took part in search and rescue activities on October 23-31, 2011.

After the earthquake of magnitude 5,6 occurring in Edremit/Van, search and rescue operations were jointly conducted on November 09-12, 2011.

Joint SAR exercises were conducted with NCTR SAR Teams on May 09th-15th 2007, November 19th-26th 2008, May 20th-June 3rd 2009, May 26th-June 4th 2010, November 3rd-12th 2010, May 15th-26 2011, May 14th-23rd 2012, May 15th-24th 2013, April 28th-May 9th 2014, May 18th-27th 2015, June 20-24th 2016 and May 22nd-June 1st 2018 in Turkey and NCTR.

Between December 4th-7th 2017, Joint SAR exercise was conducted with QATARI Armed Forces in Turkey.

In November 2000, "TOROS EXERCISE" was conducted with NCTR with the participation of NTCR Civilian Defense Organization at NTCR.

In November 2000, "TOROS EXERCISE" was conducted with NCTR with the participation of NTCR Civilian Defense Organization at NTCR.

On June 2nd 2001, Turkey, Greece, USA, Georgia and Ukraine have participated in "COOPERATIVE PARTNER-2001" Exercise in Georgia as the host nation.

In 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009, Turkey Israel and Jordan have participated in combined SAR Exercises conducted in Turkey.

Three earthquake SAR mission joint exercises were conducted with Greece Air Force SAR Teams; two were in Turkey on November 6th-10th, 2006 and April 6th-10th, 2009 respectively, and one was in Greece on May 12th-16th, 2008.

In Israel, during years 2002, 2006 and 2008, Turkey and Israel conducted joint SAR exercises.

Joint SAR exercises were conducted with NCTR SAR Teams on May 09th - 15th 2007, November 19th-26th 2008, May 20th-June 3rd 2009, November 11th-20th 2009, May 26th-June 4th 2010 and November 3rd-12th 2010 in Turkey and NCTR.

Joint SAR exercises with SAR units have been conducted with Syria on October 5th-10th 2009 in Turkey and September 20th-30th 2010 in Syria.