The World of SAR

Local SAR Organizations

Clark County Dive Rescue

The Clark County Dive Rescue Team is committed to providing a safe, professional and effective service to the citizens of Clark County and having a cooperative relationship with surrounding counties. We are dedicated to maintaining the highest level of training available in the public safety diving community; while striving to grow with the needs of an expanding community.

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Clark County Mounted Search & Rescue

CCMSAR is located in Clark County, Washington. We work in coordination with the Clark County Sheriffs Department and surrounding counties to locate and rescue missing persons.

The volunteers in this group give their time and resources to be a part of Clark County's emergency response effort and are willing, able, and trained to respond to a call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

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Clark County Search and Rescue

Clark County Search and Rescue was founded in 1963. Initially, CCSAR served primarily as a group to assist in wilderness searches. Looking for lost hunters, missing children, overdue berry pickers, or mushroom hunters who had not returned was our prime mission. Since that time though, CCSAR has expanded to include: emergency communications, crime scene searches, trained field personnel for radio direction finding, Hug-A-Tree programs for schools, as well as being involved in other community programs such as Walk n' Knock

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Cowlitz County Dive Rescue

The Cowlitz County Dive Rescue Team is a professional, non-profit group of volunteers that serves Cowlitz County, Southwest Washington and its neighbors. Members of our team not only include divers, but also surface support personnel to aide the divers in search and recovery operations. Although all of our members go through specialized training to properly serve the community while staying safe, we are not paid in any way.

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Cowlitz County Search and Rescue

Cowlitz County Search and Rescue (CCSAR) works in partnership with the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and the citizens of its community and state to provide assistance to persons in distress and in urgent situations. We search for people in trouble in a wide variety of terrains from mountainous areas, to river banks, to urban locales. We search in the heat of summer and on snowy winter nights. We educate children, hikers and backcountry enthusiasts in safe activities, so they will avoid danger that result in the need for rescue.

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Dauntless Equine Response Team

The primary mission of the Dauntless Equine Response Team is to establish an exceptionally trained unit specializing in horsemanship in conjunction with search and rescue. It will support the Sheriff's Office, Search and Rescue teams, and the community in locating lost, abducted, or missing persons in Clark County and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Evergreen Search Dogs

Evergreen Search Dogs provides qualified K9/handler teams to aid Law Enforcement in Search and Rescue operations. Our Teams meet Washington State WAC (Washington Administrative Code) and Nationally accepted Standards. We have Trailing, Air Scent, Human Remains Detection, and Disaster K9 teams that are both Certified and in training. Several of our Handlers have over a decade of experience as SAR K9 handlers as well as experience in other SAR specialties.

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Mountain Wave Search and Rescue

Mountain Wave is a 501(c)(3) Oregon Corporation founded in 1992. We are all volunteer and 100% donation supported. Mt. Wave's mission at that time was primarily communications and technology support. With over 150 members currently, Mountain Wave has evolved into an Emergency Services Agency that provides many services to our served agencies.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office SAR

As a Search and Rescue organization, we are called to perform several different types of searches, including: Trail, open-grid, closed-grid, urban and evidence searches. Trail, grid, or urban searches for missing persons may occur at any time of day, any day of the year, in any weather condition. These often require a quick response by our 100% volunteer team of trained, well equipped searchers. Evidence searches involve a thorough examination of an area currently under investigation by law enforcement. MCSOSAR is known throughout the pacific northwest as being a capable and effective evidence searching team, often responsible for recovering critical pieces of evidence.

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North Oregon Search and Rescue

North Oregon Regional Search and Rescue (NORSAR) is a team of OSSA-certified volunteers and canines skilled in multidisciplinary search and rescue techniques whose purpose is to aid Federal, State, County and Local agencies in searching for, rescuing or recovering any person who is lost, injured, or killed while out of doors. NORSAR utilizes an ICS-compatible organization structure with membership consisting of community members and volunteers. NORSAR maintains membership under the Mount Hood SAR Council. NORSAR is a volunteer resource to Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue and is activated only by the Sheriff's office.

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Northwest Emergency Locator Transmitter Team

The NW ELT Team was founded and incorporated in 1983, by a group of dedicated individuals who perceived a specific need within the Search & Rescue community - that of electronic, radio-direction finding. Since it's incorporation, The NW ELT Team has served both the states of Washington and Oregon on countless ocassions. Working in close conjunction with the State Divisions of Aeronautics, the Departments of Emergency Services, and Law Enforcement Agencies our team has assisted in the location of numerous ELT's and EPIRB's. Our average "find time" (from the moment we receive a ground signal, to the time we have a unit on scene) is approximately two hours. Although our primarily tactical area of responsibility is SW Washington and NW Oregon, we will assist in whatever capacity our resources and time contraints permit. We are ready to help in an advisory capacity, at any time, outside our area. Further, if conditions warrant, and occupational duties permit, we can serve on a moment's notice, and will travel anywhere our expertise is needed.

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Pacific Crest Search Dogs

Pacific Crest Search Dogs is a non-profit, federally tax-exempt corporation organized to provide trained volunteer personnel and canine/handler teams for search and rescue missions requested by any official agency or any family in need of it's expertise. In addition, it exists to provide educational programs to the public regarding search and rescue. Pacific Crest Search Dogs does not charge for its search and rescue services.

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Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue

Our specialty is ground search operations. We focus our training on the development and maintenance of outdoor navigation, searching, patient evacuation and survival skills. We also have a certified mountain bike team and a rope support team to augment our ground searches when appropriate. All field operation team members will meet PNWSAR and Oregon State Sheriff's Association basic search and rescue certification standards. We also train to develop skills that will be utilized in command post and base camp functions during a SAR incident.

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Search ONE K9 Detection

Search ONE K-9 Detection was founded in 1988 by Marty Neiman with the goal to provide quality K-9, wilderness & urban "SAR" teams to OR and S.W. WA

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Silver Star Search and Rescue

Silver Star Search & Rescue is a non-profit organization based out of Washougal, Washington. Our headquarters is centrally located between the wilderness areas of the Columbia Gorge and the backcountry surrounding Mt. St. Helens. We have been providing search & rescue services for Clark, Skamania, and Cowlitz Counties for 48 years. Our volunteer members are on-call 24 hours a day, and we have no paid staff. We respond to wilderness and urban emergencies and perform search & rescue missions as requested by the Department of Emergency Management. Silver Star Search & Rescue also provides education in Wilderness Survival, First-Aid, and CPR to our members and guests on a regular basis. When requested, we have provided safety patrols and first-aid stations at local community events.

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Southwest WA Organization of Rescue Divers

SWORD is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose shall be to assist and cooperate with all Clark County and surrounding counties' Public Safety Agencies, and other requesting agencies to provide water search, rescue, recovery, and safety services.

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Southwest Washington Search and Rescue

The Southwest Washington Search and Rescue is a volunteer-based organization. Our dedicated volunteer members work jointly with public and private agencies to respond to community needs of search and rescue in Clark County, Washington, and surrounding areas. In order to accomplish these goals our commitment to professionalism, availability, and selfless volunteerism is paramount.

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Volcano Rescue Team

The Volcano Rescue Team (VRT) was formed in 1986 under the auspices of North Country EMS. This organization provides a resource to handle mountain-related incidents with the opening of Mt. St. Helen's to climbing. The team still operates under the NCEMS umbrella, but is totally volunteer and is self-supporting.

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Wind River Search and Rescue

Wind River Search and Rescue (WRSAR) was formed in 1993 by three Sheriff Deputies who saw the need for a highly trained and available group of responders to assist the Sheriff's office in the search for lost backcounty hikers and hunters. Quickly the role of WRSAR expanded to include technical rope rescue as well as the use of regional civilian and military helicopter evacuation units. Today, a majority of callouts require the use of technical ropes for the rescue of hikers or hunters who have become injured in the county's aggressive and rough terrain; cliffs, mountains, caves and lava tubes all present significant hazards.

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