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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 sub-teams comprise Spokane County Search and Rescue?
Currently, the SAR team is one organization, but we do have technical specialties such as Mountain Rescue, K9 Search Dogs, and the Winter Knights Club. Find out more about the sub-teams 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 the SAR Academy?
The SAR Academy is offered once a year and usually starts in January of each year and is held on Friday nights from 1800 - 2200. If you fill out a volunteer application, and are approved to volunteer, you will automatically be notified of the next academy and open house events. 

Is there a cost for SAR Academy?
There is a small 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.
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