Search and Rescue

Jackson County Sheriff’s - Search and RescueThe Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Field Services Division is comprised of sworn specialized units and volunteer forces to respond to emergency law enforcement activities, search and rescue missions, evidence searches, and requests for mutual aid.  The members of these units are highly trained and possess a variety of technical skills.  All units are available to respond to mutual aid requests throughout the County and the State of Oregon on a 24-hour basis.  The goal of all Field Services Division Units is to swiftly and safely respond to requests for assistance, support, and coordinate the needed services in a manner that promotes the safety and security of the community.

It is assumed that people will become lost, injured and/or in need of rescuing from natural or technological danger.  The ability to perform search, rescue or recovery may require resources beyond ordinary response. The mission of search and rescue within Jackson County is to ensure that proper resources, in the form of trained volunteers, appropriate equipment, and professional leadership, are available to perform these duties in a safe and timely manner for the maximum preservation of life.

Volunteer with Search and RescueSAR Volunteer Application

Search and Rescue (SAR) team members are volunteers, not sworn peace officers. SAR teams are deployed to a number of different types of search and rescue situations, such as looking for lost or missing people or evidence in major criminal cases. They may also help to provide traffic control at events throughout Jackson County. As part of the mutual aid system, the Sheriff’s volunteer forces are available twenty-four hours a day for deployment in Oregon and northern California. Many of the unit members are certified in emergency medical response and assist the Sheriff's Office with providing services to the citizens of Jackson County.

SAR conducts regular training among its volunteer members to ensure that they are able to respond when the Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement need their help. This required training is intensive and multi-disciplinary, requiring skill in topographical analysis and navigation.

If you are interested in learning more about Search and Rescue, please contact 541-864-8830.

2023-09-12 Sheriff Website BANNERS SAR