Search and Rescue is a vital component of the Sheriff's responsibility to conserve the peace in Columbia County. Sheriff's Office commanders oversee a mostly volunteer force of Search and Rescue (SAR) team members. But though they are primarily volunteers, the SAR team is a very professional-minded group. SAR volunteers lead the day-to-day preparations for when (not "if") the team's services will be required.
SAR team members train yearly and must keep a minimum level of training current in order to be certified. Scores of citizens from across Columbia County are training to be prepared for search and rescue missions to wherever duty may call them.
We are currently accepting applications for Search and Rescue. You can obtain an application online by going here. If you want further information, you can call the Sheriff's Office (503-366-4611) and ask to speak to the Search And Rescue Coordinator or email us by going here.