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Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue (PNWSAR) is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to providing Search and Rescue assistance for people who are lost or injured out of doors. Our organization exists to provide ground search teams and other types of assistance to the official agencies responsible for search and rescue activities in our region (by Oregon law, the county Sheriff).

We work very closely with the Clackamas County Sheriff Department’s search and rescue coordinators for training and testing as well as other regional search and rescue organizations. We belong to the Mt. Hood SAR Council. We also participate in joint training operations with other search and rescue groups. This prepares our teams to effectively participate in missions that require high levels of cooperation and teamwork with the many diverse resource groups (i.e. dog teams, snowmobiles, high angle rescue, medical teams, and other ground search teams).

Our specialty is ground search operations. We focus our training on the development and maintenance of outdoor navigation, searching, patient evacuation and survival skills. We also have a certified mountain bike team and a rope support team to augment our ground searches when appropriate. All field operation team members will meet PNWSAR and Oregon State Sheriff’s Association basic search and rescue certification standards. We also train to develop skills that will be utilized in command post and base camp functions during a SAR incident.

Announcement: PNWSAR is no longer accepting applications for 2016

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2016 Prospect class. Recruiting for 2017 will be begin in July. If you are interested in joining our team, we encourage you to attend a General Meeting.

Announcement: SARCon 2015

Thank to all who made SARCon 2015 another success! See you next year!

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