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

In 2011, Search and Rescue volunteers donated 14,412 hours:
997 hours to public events
1,609 hours to SAR missions
11,806 hours to training and preparation

"So that others may live..."

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