Spokane County Search and Rescue

Spokane County Search and Rescue is an all volunteer, non-profit, search and rescue program operating under the authority of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office (SCSO). The SCSO assigns one full-time Deputy to the unit whose primary function is to coordinate the unit, oversee training and manage search and rescue operations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many different teams comprise Spokane County Search and Rescue?
Currently, we have a general SAR team, Inland Northwest Search and Rescue (includes Mountain Rescue), Winter Knights and Intermountain Search Dogs. Find out more here.

What is the time commitment to be a SAR Team Member?
Team members are required to keep all classes/certifications up to date to maintain membership. See Join SAR for the list of requirements. Individual teams may require additional training hours to remain on their rosters.

When is SAR Academy?
SAR Academy is offered once a year. The next class is tentatively scheduled to start January 3rd from 1800 - 2200. *NOTE: More information will be sent via email as soon as it is available.

Is there a cost for SAR Academy?
There is a $50 USD fee, which includes all materials, print-outs, binders and a compass.

What type of call-outs do members respond to?                                           
​SAR volunteers assist law enforcement with search and rescue operations for missing and/or lost persons. In addition, they may be asked to support an evidence search/recovery for major crime incidents.

How many call-outs per year does Spokane County SAR have?                       
​It varies greatly year-to-year, but on average there are 6-8 call-outs per year.

Ready to get started?

Click here for more information about joining Search and Rescue.