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.