Search and Rescue Recruitment

Published: 10/3/2016

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is currently recruiting for our Search and Rescue (SAR) Volunteer Unit. The adult volunteer program provides essential SAR services such as Ground Search, Four Wheel Drive, Mountain Rescue, K9, Mounted, and Amateur Radio throughout Douglas County. We are also recruiting for our youth (ages 14 through 20) Explorer SAR team. We are in particular need of volunteers for our Four Wheel Drive unit.

We are looking for individuals with a positive attitude who are community service oriented. Our volunteer members must be willing and prepared to be called out at all times of the day or night, sometimes in very inclement weather and extreme conditions. They must also be willing and able to follow orders and direction from other members who are in positions of authority within the Unit.

Persons interested in volunteering for the program must be able to pass a criminal background check. Those accepted into the program must be willing to attend monthly classes to learn the required skills needed to become state certified. Volunteers are trained in all aspects of search and rescue, including search techniques, land navigation, tracking, rescue and recovery, and first aid.

The first training session of the year will be Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7 PM in the Sheriff’s Office Conference Room located in room 210 of the Justice Building in Roseburg. There is no cost for the program and all training is provided free.

If you are interested in being a part of our Search and Rescue Volunteer Unit, or if you have questions, please contact Jerry Applegarth at (541)440-4498, or visit us at our website at