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Posted on: December 8, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Spokane SAR New Member Orientation

Spokane SAR New Member Orientation

Search & Rescue (SAR) New Member Orientation - Come meet SAR members volunteers and learn about our SAR Program and the outstanding work they do for our Community.


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

Spokane County Search and Rescue members provide search and rescue services in a wide range of environments including wilderness, alpine, and urban settings, in pleasant or extreme weather. The Spokane County Search and Rescue is a team of many that are bound by a single mission.  It takes a special kind of person to wake up in the middle of the night when it is raining and go into a land they are unfamiliar with, with only a map, compass and a flashlight and look for someone they have never met.  Search and rescue personnel are very unique and special people.

In addition to general search and rescue, Spokane County Search and Rescue offers specialized training and services in mountain rescue, technical rope rescue, avalanche rescue, K9, swift water rescue, and dive operations.  While our members are 100% volunteer, we are by no means amateurs and spend a significant amount of time in the classroom and in the field training.

Most of the training is provided at no cost to members through the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department. However, the cost of the equipment, gear, and clothing is the responsibility of the individual members, and is usually dual purpose for any other outdoor activities you may participate in.

Spokane County Search and Rescue is holding a Search and Rescue Open House on Friday December 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at the Sheriff’s Training Center located at 6011 N. Chase Rd. Newman Lake, WA 99025. This is a great opportunity to find out more information about our program and decide if you would like to join our team.


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