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Search and Rescue Volunteers Celebrate 50 Years


CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263

SNOHOMISH, Wash. – Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR) will celebrate 50 years of service to the community with an Open House on Saturday, August 19th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Taylor’s Landing (5599 Old Machias Rd, Snohomish).  The event is free and open to the public. 

“We are extremely fortunate to have this diverse team of dedicated and highly skilled volunteers equipped and ready to deploy at any time to locate the lost and help the injured in Snohomish County,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary. “From finding missing children in the city to conducting technical rescue operations in the rugged backcountry to tracking down key evidence for criminal investigations, it is an honor to recognize the 300+ members and their 50 year history of service to our county.”

Representatives from almost all of the SCVSAR units will be on hand with rescue equipment for demonstrations, including helicopters, boats, and 4x4s, as well as SAR K9s and their handlers.  Units represented at the event include the Helicopter Rescue Team, Swiftwater Rescue Team, K9 Team, Mountain Bike Team, 4x4 Team, Project Care Track Team, Man Tracker Team, Operations Support, and the Explorers, as well the rescue units of Everett, Marysville, Alderwood, and Snohomish.

SCVSAR is an all-volunteer organization that delivers emergency response to those in need across the county’s urban and wilderness areas. Over 300 volunteers representing a diverse range of ages, backgrounds and skill sets are available 24/7 to come to the aid of anyone lost or injured, as well as support the Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement in evidence searches.  Each year, SCVSAR volunteers log over 9,000 hours of service in responding to more than 120 missions.