Deschutes County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Office is looking for more volunteers

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications from members of our community who wish to become a Search and Rescue volunteer.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Office (DCSO SAR) continues to be one of the most active search and rescue units in the state of Oregon. In 2020, DCSO SAR completed 230 missions, which included rescues, medical missions, training missions, public events, and aid to other counties.

Our volunteers are highly trained and range from general researchers to those capable of highly technical missions such as mountain / rope rescue, rapid water rescue, dive operations and more.

Selected applicants, who must be at least 21 years old, must complete the DCSO SAR Academy, which includes 120 hours of training. Academy 2022 will kick off on March 28 with volunteers graduating on May 12.

Typically, training takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and consists of classroom exercises. Additional practical exercises will also take place on Saturday or Sunday. The academy includes a “backpack test,” which consists of a five mile hike (2½ miles uphill and 2½ miles downhill) with a 25 lb backpack. The time limit for this test is 100 minutes.

Academy participants will receive instruction in several areas including, but not limited to: navigation, tracking, wilderness survival, search tactics, first aid / CPR, and DCSO operation. SAR. Each academy participant will be assigned a mentor to help the academy succeed.

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The deadline for submitting applications is January 7, 2022 at 5 p.m. Applications can be sent by email to [email protected] or by mail to 63333 Hwy 20 west, Bend, Oregon 97703.

Once applications have been reviewed, applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be contacted and attended an information session. Candidates will also be required to attend an oral interview with the jury. A background survey will be carried out for all selected candidates after the oral interview with the jury. SAR candidates must have the ability to fit in with our current volunteers, demonstrate a good attitude and be able to work as a team. There is an entrance fee of $ 100 for those selected, which covers the initial clothing of Search and Rescue volunteers issued upon completion of the academy.

You can answer additional questions by calling the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Special Services at 541-388-6501.

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