Sheriff's Office

Search and Rescue


Chelan County provides many year-round outdoor opportunities. Often, recreationists become lost, injured, or face other emergencies that require search and rescue assistance. The Chelan County Sheriff's Office by Washington State Law is responsible for all search and rescue incidents. The Sheriff's Office maintains the Special Operations Search and Rescue (SAR) Unit as its primary response resource. The unit is composed of full-time office employees who are trained in the Incident Command System, SAR management, outdoor survival and navigation, and the use of specialized equipment and modes of transportation. Unit members are equipped to serve individually as Incident Commanders, and are collectively available for immediate response to assist victims in isolated or difficult terrain and wilderness areas as a team. The SAR Unit coordinates closely with the Chelan County Volunteer Services, and other volunteer SAR groups.

***Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue***

To Join CCVSAR, go to the following website for additional information:

Search and Rescue Organizations

United States Forest Service - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service is a Federal agency that manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service is also the largest forestry research organization in the world, and provides technical and financial assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

Washington Trails Association - Washington Trails Association is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization working since 1966 to preserve, enhance and promote hiking opportunities in Washington State through collaboration, education, advocacy and trail maintenance.

Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center - Throughout much of Washington, northern Oregon and southern British Columbia, the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC) promotes public safety by helping reduce the impacts of snow, avalanches and adverse mountain weather on transportation, industry and recreation.



Posted: 01/06/2015 11:03 AM
Last Updated: 10/19/2021 03:06 PM

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Chelan County Calendar

Upcoming events and schedules at the county!

  • 21
    Dec 2022
    01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Hearing Examiner - December 21, 2022

    Posted by: Community Development

    By Zoom Video Conference
  • 21
    Dec 2022
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Chelan County Civil Service Commission

    Posted by: Human Resources

    The Chelan County Civil Service Commission will be meeting on Dec. 21.

    Chelan County Commissioners Office, meeting room No. 1
  • 14
    Dec 2022
    06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Planning Commission - December 14, 2022

    Posted by: Community Development

    400 Douglas Street
  • 12
    Dec 2022
    12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    The Board of Law Library Trustees - Special Meeting

    Posted by: Superior Court

    Chelan County Law Library Special Meeting

    Law & Justice Building in an assigned courtroom of Superior Court
  • 10
    Dec 2022
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    December Parenting Class - English Only

    Posted by: Superior Court Clerk

    Supporting Children Through Divorce is a four-hour educational program designed to help parents focus on the needs of their children during and after divorce and separation.

    Chelan County Administration Building - Enter building from Douglas Street