Search and Rescue Volunteers Wanted

Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - 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 we are 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.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue unit is comprised of members of the community from age 17 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
  • 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 will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM at the Douglas County Search and Rescue Building, 2586 NE Diamond Lake Blvd – Building #3, Roseburg OR 97470.

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

Douglas County SAR