Who Should Join Search and Rescue?
If you are at least 18 years old, and are interested in helping others and are willing to spend time doing it, then you can join SAR. The requirements are few: successful completion of the SAR Academy, American Red Cross Basic First Aid and CPR certification, and some basic survival gear you may already own is all that is needed to become a member. A 10-15 training hours per year and willingness to participate in missions on a time-available basis is all that is currently required to remain an active member. Most individuals involved in SAR also join one of the member groups, such as ATV, Snowmobiles, K-9, Mountain Rescue (CWMR), Amateur Radio (ARES), and Rescue Divers depending on their interests. All types of skills are useful and everyone has something they can bring to the organization.
What is the SAR Academy?
The Search and Rescue Academy consists of approximately 40 hours of training including both classwork, homework, and field exercises. The training includes map and compass skills including different coordinate systems, information on necessary survival equipment you should carry, descriptions of "normal" missions and what to expect when you are in the field, information on special conditions that exist in our area and how to handle them, and field exercises that allow you to practice what you have learned in a safe environment. The Academy is really just the beginning of what you will eventually learn as a member of SAR.
Why Should I Join SAR?
Being a member of SAR can be a very rewarding experience. Knowing that your efforts helped save someone's life is a feeling that is second to none. The program always needs more people willing to give their time for the sake of others. If you are interested in helping others, and if you are willing to give just a little of your time to provide that help, then SAR is for you.
How do I Join SAR?
To join SAR, you apply to the next (2020) SAR Academy, held in early January and runs until early May. You can call the SAR office at (509) 574-2535 for more information. To apply complete an application, print, sign, and mail or drop off this application at the Sheriffs Office. Application for the following year ends November 1st. If you are interested in joining in 2020, your application must be in by November 1st 2019.