Lane County Search and Rescue is currently recruiting new volunteers. They are looking for individuals experienced in outdoor activities with a positive attitude who are community service oriented. The 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. Being a Search and Rescue volunteer is a great way to help your community and Sheriff’s Office.
Lane County Search and Rescue is comprised of multiple special teams, including: Eugene Mountain Rescue, Ground Search and Rescue, Pacific Northwest Search Dogs, Lane County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse and Special Vehicles Group.
The mandatory first step in joining is to attend one of three informational meetings. Following the meeting, those who are interested can pick up an application. Applications will not be accepted from individuals who did not attend one of the meetings. Those interested in applying only need to attend one of these meetings.
The meetings will be held at the Lane County Service Building, 125 E 8th Ave., Eugene – Harris Hall, on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m., or Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m.
Potential Applicants are encouraged to bring their family so everyone can be well informed about the commitment required. Meetings will last approximately two to three hours.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend Search and Rescue 101, a required training that provides new volunteers with the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in rescue missions. SAR 101 will be held February 2019 through April 2019. Classes will be held Monday and Thursday evenings, and all day Saturday for the duration of the training.