Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  10/03/2012 - 17:00
Contact Person:  Andrea Zielinski  
Contact Number:  541-440-4486  
Subject:  Recruiting Search and Rescue Volunteers  
Date/Time of Incident:  10/03/2012 - 17:00
Incident Location:  Douglas County Sheriff's Office, 1036 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg, Oregon  
Case Number:  N/A  
N/A:  N/A

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is looking for individuals who enjoy the outdoors and like helping others. We are currently recruiting for our Search and Rescue (SAR) Volunteer Unit. The adult volunteer program provides essential SAR services such as Ground Search, 4 X 4, Mountain Rescue and Amateur Radio throughout Douglas County. We are also recruiting for our youth ages 14 through 20) Explorer SAR team.

Persons interested in volunteering for the program must be able to attend related training. 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 9, 2012 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.

Douglas County has rugged terrain, ranging from elevations of 9,182 on Mt. Thielsen to the Pacific Ocean. Douglas County is a visitor and hiker’s paradise offering diverse terrain, seasons and environments for the outdoor enthusiast. Along with these come dangers and challenges that often result in Search and Rescue missions.

Each year, the professionals of Douglas County SAR carry out numerous Search and Rescue missions in all weather conditions. Incidents can vary from a missing child in fair weather in a residential neighborhood to a rescue of a trapped skier in blizzard conditions in the harsh wilderness backcountry. Most of our call outs involve wilderness searches in rugged terrain. At times, Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue may respond to searches throughout the state and region. This requires members to have above average endurance and to feel comfortable in the great outdoors in extreme conditions. Searching can be very rewarding, but also very draining, both physically and emotionally. Our unit is also called upon to conduct evidence searches for major crimes including homicides.

If you are interested or if you need additional information please contact Judy Hase at (541)440-4498, or visit us at our website at

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