Hood River, Ore. – The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has entered into a partnership with Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue to provide ground Search and Rescue services in Hood River County. This partnership greatly expands the resources available to the Sheriff’s Office when responding to a Search and Rescue and will enhance the recreational safety of Hood River County residents and visitors alike.
Beginning December of 2020, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue (PNWSAR) now provides search and rescue (SAR) services to Hood River County through the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office. An unpaid professional volunteer organization formed in 1993, PNWSAR is now one of the largest SAR teams in the region, routinely providing mutual aid for searches across Oregon and Washington. PNWSAR provides specialization in night navigation, technical rope rescue, and FAA licensed drone searching, in addition to standard ground search skills.
The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, as the primary responder for all SAR’s in Hood River County, is excited about the partnership with PNWSAR and the benefits that it will bring to its residents and visitors. Having PNWSAR as a resource in addition to the Hood River Crag Rats, America’s oldest Search and Rescue organization, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office now has an even greater wealth of expert, experienced resources at the ready to meet the demands of Hood River County’s often challenging SAR missions.
Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue is equally as excited for this new partnership as a regional search and rescue organization.
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