Search and Rescue

Training Academy 2014

 

Our next academy is planned for June 2014.  To express interest in the program, please complete the form below and plan to attend one of our Information Nights scheduled for March 17 and April 5. 

 

If you provide your e-mail address, we will also sign you up to receive our monthly e-newsletter to help you get to know the values and culture of your Sheriff's Office.  The newsletter is one of the first places that we will announce our informational meetings and test dates in the spring for the 2014 academy. 


 

Your Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Explorer Post 877 combines the best of many worlds to offer an amazing program to men and women age 14 to 21.  As a Learning for Life program, Explorer Post 877 offers unique insight into the exciting career fields of Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services.

 

This post has an outstanding reputation because of the high personal and professional standards met by all our members.  Their skills and services are often called upon by police agencies throughout Oregon.  In fact, our Explorers are the primary ground Search and Rescue team for Washington County.  Our members are actively involved in Search and Rescue missions for lost people, downed aircraft, and evidence in major crimes.

 

What Kind of Skills Do I Need to Become an Explorer?

To be an Explorer, applicants must meet and maintain the following minimum standards:

 

Explorers receive helicopter hoist training from the US Coast Guard

  • Minimum age 14

  • Washington County resident

  • Good citizenship record

  • Good physical health

  • Minimum 2.3 GPA

  • Complete the basic training academy

  • Minimum 2-year commitment as an active member (Note:  Explorers "age out" of the program in December following their 21st birthday, so applicants must apply by age 19.)

 

There are no special skills required to become an Explorer.  If you have at least a 2.3 GPA, are in good physical condition, and have a positive attitude toward learning, you qualify! New members are accepted once each year during our recruiting season in the spring.

 

Exciting Training in Any Weather

All new members attend the Sheriff's Office Explorer Academy.  This training lasts 12 days and is normally held near the end of June in a collaborative effort with the Tillamook and Clatsop County Sheriff's Offices.

 

After the academy, our members enjoy training throughout the year during regular meetings on weekday evenings and during some weekends.  Training, like Search and Rescue in general, takes place in any weather.  This program is a big commitment for any teenager, but the personal rewards are endless.

 

Training is Physical, Mentally Demanding – and Exciting!

Academy and ongoing training features a wide range of exciting training.  From rappelling to helicopter rescue to wilderness survival, members learn skills that will last a lifetime.

 

Here are a few of the topics that are covered during routine training: 

 

Leadership Weekend 2013

  • Land Navigation (including GPS)

  • Man Tracking

  • Search Techniques

  • Rope Rescue Techniques

  • Wilderness Survival

  • First Aid and Wilderness Medicine

  • Patient Care and Packaging

  • Communications

  • 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

 

A Rich History Rooted in Washington County

Established in 1966, Explorer Post 877 is one of the oldest Law Enforcement Search and Rescue Explorer programs in the United States!

 

Explorer Post #877 began as a program for young men to view the inner workings of law enforcement so that they could make a more informed career decision.  The program was chartered with the Boy Scouts of America in April of 1966 by then Sheriff Warren "Bud" Barnes.  Explorer Post #877 was one of the first law enforcement Explorer programs and today is one of the longest running of such programs in the nation.

 

Shortly after the Post began, Sheriff Barnes saw a need for a ground search and rescue team in Washington County. The Explorers were a logical choice.  Since the Post began, the Explorers have participated in hundreds of search and rescue missions throughout Oregon and Washington. Now with both young men and women as part of its program, Explorer Post #877 is one of only a few Explorer programs in the country that fills the dual roles of Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement.

 

Search and Rescue Explorer Post 877Are You Ready to Join Our Team?

 

Complete an Application. Let us know of your interest by filling out the online form.  Then complete and mail the formal application.

 

Attend an Informational Meeting.  The Sheriff's Office will hold Information Nights for both applicants and their parents to learn more information about our program.  The next meetings are Monday, March 17, at 6:30 pm and Saturday, April 5, at 10:00 am.  Both will be held in the training rooms at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters in Hillsboro.

 

Interview and Background Check. You will be invited to an individual interview in order for us to learn more about you and your goals.  You will also be asked to complete a Statement of Personal History that is used in conducting a background investigation.

 

Take a Physical Fitness and Ability Test. Applicants must demonstrate that they are physically fit, able to participate in training, and able to perform the physically demanding work of an Explorer.

 

Candidates are Notified of the Results. We will notify all applicants whether they have been selected into the program either in writing or by telephone.

 

Attend Parental Information Night. This meeting is for all new members and their parents.  The purpose is for parents and Explorer Post advisors to exchange information that will ensure our ability to most effectively care for each new member.  All members are then scheduled to attend the Sheriff's Explorer Academy!