Newton County Rescue and Recovery (NCRR) Was formed in the late 1990s under the name Newton County Search and Rescue. We were formed to provide support to our local Fire, EMS, and Law Enforecement agencies/departments in times of need by providing our specially trained personnel and equipment. Our team members are trained in water rescue, dive operations, wilderness and urban search and rescue, and Incident Command/Emergency Management Operations. Due to time and budget restrictions, most local agencies are unable to properly train their personnel in these areas in addition to their normal training requirements. Since our team does not train in firefighting, law enforcement, or EMS services, we are able to focus our training on the skills we specialize in and provide our skills to the other area departments.

NCRR is a Missouri Non-Profit agency, Federal 501(c)(3) approved, 100% volunteer search, rescue, and recovery team based in southern Joplin MO. We operate primarily on donations from the public. Do not let our name fool you. We are based in Newton County however we actually work with throughout Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas, and Northeast Oklahoma.

We operate Land Based Search Teams using trained personnel and highly trained K9s as well as a Dive/Water Rescue Team comprised of ERDI certified rescue divers to conduct water rescue and recovery operations. We are a dedicated group of well trained volunteers who are ready to respond at a moments notice to assist our fellow citizens during all emergencies, both large and small.

Our members are on call 24 hours a day and respond immediately when we are needed regardless of time of day/night and in all weather conditions. 


We are dispatched through Newton County Missouri Central Dispatch.