Regional Special Vehicle Unit Regional Special Vehicle Unit (RSVU) specializes in mobile search and rescue operations in terrain that would not be passable by conventional vehicles. With roots in mobile, mountain and ground searches, RSVU has a team of rescuers, communications, and wilderness specialists who assist in active rescue, search and/or recovery missions.
Pacific Northwest Trackers Association Pacific Northwest Trackers Association is dedicated to using visual tracking skills for search and rescue. We participate in lost person and evidence searches, and we have developed a training program to teach tracking skills to other interested groups.
Ski Patrol Rescue Team Ski Patrol Rescue Team (SPART) provides emergency medical/trauma care in wilderness environments year round to the citizens of King County. This work includes getting to people in need in mountain areas and in avalanches, and administering medical care. SPART supports King County Search and Rescue by maintaining two equipment caches stocked […]
Northwest Horseback Search and Rescue Northwest Horseback Search and Rescue (NWHSAR) members are qualified horse owners who volunteer their time as a horse-and-rider team to aid in the search for lost, injured, or missing people. Teams also assist in transporting equipment, such as medical supplies, litters, and radios. Volunteers are equipped to transport people to […]
King County Search Dogs King County Search Dogs (KCSD)is the largest K9 search unit in Washington. K-9/handler teams train to national standards in Airscent(finding any human in a large area) and Trailing (following the path of a specific person) and participate in missions throughout the State. Many teams have additional specialized certifications in Human Remains […]
King County Incident Support Team King County Incident Support Team (IST) provides Incident Command System expertise for incident management, planning, logistics, administration, and communications at search and rescue missions and large scale special events in King County. Because our training is of an all-hazards nature, we maintain capability to support other types of incidents if […]
Seattle Mountain Rescue Seattle Mountain Rescue (SMR) is a volunteer organization of mountain climbers dedicated to saving lives through back-country search and rescue and mountain safety education. The organization is a primary first responder for all-season search, rescue, and recovery operations in mountainous and hazardous terrain throughout the State of Washington. We specialize in high […]
King County 4X4 Search & Rescue King County 4X4 Search & Rescue’s primary mission is to provide transportation to other search and rescue organizations by using all-wheel drive vehicles to negotiate terrain that conventional vehicles cannot. This unit is also equipped to conduct night road searches, traffic control, radio relay and other logistical support functions.
King Country Explorer Search & Rescue Explorer Search & Rescue (ESAR) is a highly versatile team that serves as King County’s primary ground search and rescue unit. ESAR is the largest of King County’s SAR units and it maintains an advanced technical rescue team, a group of nationally and state-certified EMTs (emergency medical technicians), and […]