Search and Rescue Recruitment

Published: 10/5/2017

Want to help your community and help save lives? The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is seeking dedicated members of the community who are willing to volunteer their time to the Search and Rescue Division.

Under Oregon Law, the Sheriff of each county is tasked with the responsibility of Search and Rescue efforts. In Douglas County that means the Sheriff is responsible for the searching for lost and missing subjects within the 5,000 square miles of the county. 

The kind of people the Sheriff is looking for are motivated individuals willing to give their precious time to help their community. Search and Rescue is not exclusive to any particular type of person or skill set. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is looking for individuals capable of physical tasks ranging from wilderness searching to technical rope rescues, to individuals willing to help prepare meals for search crews, or people who want to help maintain equipment for searchers in the field. If you have the desire, the Sheriff's Office will provide the training, at no cost.

Currently the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue unit is comprised of members of the community from age 14 to members who are retired.

Here is a list of some of the Search and Rescue disciplines:

Mountain Rescue = Rope technical and terrain difficulty

Mounted Searchers = Searchers on horseback

Dive Team = SCUBA

Ground SAR = Searchers who search land of all types not technical

ESAR = Youth SAR ages 14-18

4x4 = Individuals with 4x4 drive capability

Logistics = Individuals willing to support SAR's missions and operations

K9 Search Team = Individuals willing to train a dog in various SAR disciplines

More information can be found at
An "Introduction to Search and Rescue" meeting/training will be held on Oct. 10th 2017 at 7PM at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. 1036 SE Douglas Ave. #210, Roseburg, OR 97470.

Interested in joining? Contact our Search and Rescue Volunteer Coordinator at 541-440-4498 or email