Search and Rescue
The Sheriff is responsible for every search in Josephine County, as provided under ORS 404; therefore, every active member of this organization is deputized. Subsequently, only those of high moral standards and who are driven to help others are accepted.
Each active member has their own personal equipment with additions provided by the organization. Members of this organization are from all walks of life. They are willing to be on-call whenever needed, day or night. Josephine County Search and Rescue is an all-weather, versatile unit, equipped with everything needed to conduct a well organized search. The individuals have made themselves available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at little to no cost to the county.
In addition to active duty members, Search and Rescue has specialty teams for specialized rescue situations. These teams include:
- The Dive Team
- The Mountain Rescue Unit
- Mounted SAR
- K9 Unit
- ATV and Snow Unit
- Communications Unit
- Building and Vehicle Maintenance Unit
- UAV (Drone) Unit
In 2019, Search and Rescue volunteers donated 17,470 hours:
1,576 hours to public events
1,160 hours to SAR missions
14,734 hours to training and preparation
"So that others may live..."
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