Search & Rescue

Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR) is a nonprofit organization that serves as a volunteer rescue resource for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. SCVSAR consists of eight different units that are spread out around the county. Contact our main office at 425-388-3328 or visit our website to locate a unit in your area and get more information. View the Trip Plan or River Safety and Awareness Brochure.

Outdoor Forms and Information

SCVSAR also fields several specialty teams, members for these teams are drawn from the unit structure, that work in the areas of:
  • 4x4 Rescue
  • Air Operations
  • K-9 Search and Rescue (SAR)
  • Mountain Rescue
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Tracking
Due to the nature of our volunteer work we do have requirements that must be met before we can consider you as a member and have you participate in trainings and/or missions that take place out "in the field".

Minimum Membership Requirements
  • Applicants must be at least 14 years of age, physically fit, and, if under the age of 18, have a parent or guardian’s permission to participate.
  • Successfully complete the application process, which includes a background check by the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Complete a "pack check" by a SCVSAR Unit team leader. Only members having the required equipment will be able to participate in live missions and training classes and events.
Having met the above requirements you will be placed on the county mailing list and you will have the option of purchasing a county pager.

Maintaining Membership
To maintain your membership in SCVSR you will be required to:
  • Stay current with all training and participation requirements.
  • Meet the active participation requirements of the SCVSAR Unit that you join.
If you do not meet and maintain the above requirements you will be dropped from the call-out list and no longer be considered an active member of SCVSR.