Marion County Search and Rescue Teams
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Marion County Sheriff's Office provides Search and Rescue throughout Marion County and outlying areas, primarily in remote wilderness areas. Our team of highly trained and motivated volunteers bring special skills, equipment and their personal time to assist the Sheriff in providing exceptional Search and Rescue service to the citizens of Marion County.
If you are interested in joining our Search and Rescue family, please contact the Sheriff's Office SAR Coordinator or the appropriate Team Leader listed below.
Below is a list of our teams, their missions and specific requirements.
NOTE: All applicants must:
Additional Information: A 4-wheel-drive vehicle is not required, but is recommended. On a search, every vehicle has a driver and co-driver. There are many responsibilities in addition to driving. We can use your help to run the Base Station Communications, coordinate people in the field, or interview witnesses. Training is given in a variety of skills necessary to conduct safe and effective searches. Jeep Patrol meets on the third Tuesday evening of each month in Salem. Field training meetings are on the following Saturday.
Mission: To provide assistance, state wide, in the search for and rescue of a person or persons lost, missing and / or injured due to, but not necessarily limited to : outdoor activities, crashes of aircraft, industrial accidents, multi-casualty incidents, or natural or terrorist related disasters.
Capabilities: Support and assist all SAR teams on search and rescue missions with recovery and transport capabilities over adverse terrain in all weather conditions. Ability to deploy in urban, suburban and wilderness environments. Self sustaining for a minimum of 48 hours.
Minimum Age: 21
Probation Period: One-year probation.
Required Training: In addition to training required for SAR membership, complete an ATV safety course as prescribed by the ATV Safety Institute. The Special Vehicle Unit will require a satisfactory level of participation in scheduled monthly training and attendance at monthly meetings.
Membership Requirements: None.
Required Equipment: A 4x4 utility ATV (quad) / Snowmobile , meeting State of Oregon required standards for ATV’s/Snowmobiles, capable of carrying personal clothing, survival and safety equipment as indicated by the unit, including, but not limited to:
Additional Information: Members will be expected to respond to mission call-outs any time day or night under all weather conditions. The SVU is available to assist other SAR units state-wide as requested and is a deployable resource for county, state or federal emergencies.