Search and Rescue

Are You Ready to Join Our Team? The Sheriff's Office is accepting applications through April 22, 2022! Applicants must be between 14-17 years old, live in Washington County, and meet the other requirements listed below.


Find out more about this incredible program at our upcoming Info Meetings in person or virtually: Monday, April 4th at 6:30 PM or Saturday, April 16th at 10 AM.


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The Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue program teaches young men and women important life skills and unique insight into the exciting career fields of Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services. This program is a big commitment for any teenager, but the personal rewards are endless.


This program has an outstanding reputation and their skills are often called upon by police agencies throughout the entire state of Oregon. Our members are primarily involved in Search and Rescue missions for lost people, downed aircraft, and evidence in major crimes.


To participate, volunteers must meet the following requirements:


  • Between the ages of 14-17

  • Washington County resident

  • Positive community record

  • Good physical health

  • Minimum 2.3 GPA with no failing classes

  • Basic training academy

  • Minimum 2-year commitment as an active member (Note: Members "age out" of the program in December following their 21st birthday.)


Application Process

We accept applications year round, but only add new members in the Spring during our annual recruitment - HAPPENING NOW THROUGH APRIL 22, 2022!


Because of the immense benefits, there is a high demand to participate. Our application process is thorough, during which you can expect the following:


  • Interview to learn more about you and your goals. 

  • Complete a Statement of Personal History used to conduct a thorough background check.

  • Pass a Physical Fitness and Ability Test to adequately perform the physically demanding work.

  • All applicants will receive notification if they are selected into the program either in writing or by telephone.

  • Attend Parental Information Night, a mandatory meeting for all new members and their parents. Parents and Search and Rescue Advisors exchange information to ensure we effectively care for each new member. 

  • Attend the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Academy.


What are you waiting for? APPLY TODAY! 


Important Application Dates

  • April 4: Info Meeting #1

  • April 16: Info Meeting #2

  • April 22: Applications Due

  • May 7-8: Interviews and Physical Fitness Test

  • June 6: Recruit and Parent Info Meeting

  • June 18: Gear Check, Sexual Harassment and Ethics, Physical Fitness Evaluation

  • June 19: Recruit CPR, AED, & BBP Class

  • July 10-21: Search and Rescue Training Academy (SARTA)


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Training is Physical, Mentally Demanding, and Exciting!

All new members start at our Search and Rescue Academy. Held once a year at the end of June, this 12 day training retreat is a collaborative effort with the Tillamook and Clatsop County Sheriff's Offices. 


After the academy, our members routinely train throughout the year where they continue to learn skills that will last a lifetime, such as:


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  • 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




For more information, email us or call 503-846-2576