Thank you for your interest in joining one of the largest, most active SAR units in Oregon. We are currently accepting applications until January 25, 2013 for the 2013 Academy being held April 1 to May 5, 2013. If submitting an application after this deadline, you would be considered for the 2014 Academy. We will conduct both criminal and Department of Motor Vehicle background checks on all applicants. We will also ask you to be available for a group meeting and personal interview. Upon selection, we will provide the final Academy Schedule. Complete applications can be found on the Deschutes County Sheriff’s website at: sheriff.deschutes.org
Search & Rescue is a highly demanding volunteer experience, both in terms of training and actual missions. Your first year commitment is extensive and time consuming! It includes required General Search and Medical training, summer and winter outdoor skills, training focused on navigation, communication, and survival, plus learning to work within the SAR organizational structure. SAR volunteers must be physically fit and able to hike for distances with a 24 hour pack over varied terrain in any conditions. Members are expected to provide their own personal equipment and supplies.
All SAR members are qualified to participate in basic search missions and support advanced skills teams when they are deployed. In addition to basic qualifications, SAR advanced skills include: Incident Management Team (IMT), Mountain Rescue Team (MRU), Cave Rescue, Medical, Swiftwater, Dive, Canine, Mounted, Tracking, Mountain Bike, All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and Snowmobile Transport, Alpine, Nordic and Back Country Skiing, Information Technology and Communications support. Participation in advanced skills is dependent upon interest, ability and availability to train with the teams. New members are encouraged to consider any of these options after they have completed basic certification requirements.
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office SAR averages over 150 training and live missions each year. We expect each new member to attend all required training events and when training is complete to participate in as many actual SAR missions as possible. We also expect members to attend our monthly meetings and contribute in other ways as skills and time permit. We ask that members who work be able to manage flexibility in the workplace to allow for absences as emergencies may require.
New members are required to complete all sessions of a SAR Academy, currently scheduled in April and May 2013. A $100 fee and all completed paperwork is required prior to the first class. This fee is applied as credit toward SAR gear upon successful completion of the Academy.
If you are “currently” SAR certified, complete your application and submit it. We will take those applications at any time during the year and evaluate them on a case by case basis.
You are encouraged to attend our monthly General Member meetings, where team training, mission awareness and SAR activities are discussed. These are held the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the SAR center, 63360 Britta Street, located in the Special Services building, west of and behind the main Sheriff’s office. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, SAR Operations Managers:
Deputy Jim Whitcomb…….541-550-4870
Deputy Mike Biondi………..541-388-6503
Deputy Liam Klatt………….541-617-3301
To speak to a SAR Volunteer, contact: Blake Miller….541-241-6081