Search & Rescue (SAR) Team
The Sheriff's Office has 14 Deputies and between 50 & 60 S&R Cadets (ages 14-21) assigned to their Search and Rescue Team. There are 60 positions for Cadets on the team. Would you like your youth to be trained in these outdoor skills?
On average WCSO SAR has around 75 activations per year. Generally, these are local to the metro tri-county area. But they also respond state-wide. SAR responds to Searches, Rescues, and Evidence-Searches. One of the most recent was an evidence search for another metro agency this fall, related to a suspected serial killer. Our WCSO S&R team found the majority of the evidence. The case is still under investigation.
Regarding the old 15-passenger Van to be replaced, it’s a 1999 model, 25 years old. The vehicle’s issues, besides age, are: 2-wd, no ABS braking system, shakes at highway speed, and does not have a good maintenance record. A new van would give the SAR Team better capability to respond to remote areas and long-distance callouts. Plus provide an overall safer deployment of our Cadets on SAR operations.
The Sheriff’s Foundation of Washington County is raising (now) $70,000 to buy a new 15-passenger Van for the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team.
What we are Asking
The WCSO Foundation is seeking partners to share in the cost of this very valuable piece of equipment, which is vital to the safety of all Washington County residents. SAR is dedicated to responding on very short notice to any situations that may require their skills. This new 4-WD Van will result in more resources being delivered to emergency scenes faster and more safely.
Tax Deductible Donations can be made to:
Sheriff’s Office Foundation, Washington County OR, a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3)
P.O. Box: 3281, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Or at: WCSOFoudation.org EIN: 93-1174901
Do you have a Charitable Trust or an IRA with minimum required distributions, you would like to donate that's tax-deductible? We would love to hear from you.
The team continuously trains in a variety of SAR and emergency services areas including:
• Land Navigation (including GPS)
• Person Tracking
• Search Techniques
• Rope Rescue Techniques
• Wilderness Survival
• First Aid and Wilderness Medicine
• Patient Care and Packaging
• Helicopter Safety and Rescue
• Incident Command System (ICS)
• Traffic and Crowd Control
• Personal and Professional Ethics
• Self Defense
• Firearms Safety
• Patrol Tactics
• Officer Survival
• Traumatic Incident Stress
• Criminal Law