Welcome to PNWSAR

Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue (PNWSAR) is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to providing Search and Rescue assistance for people who are lost or injured out of doors. Our organization exists to provide ground search teams and other types of assistance to the official agencies responsible for search and rescue activities in our region (by Oregon law, the county Sheriff).

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Our Expertise

Our specialty is ground search operations. We focus our training on the development and maintenance of outdoor navigation, searching, patient evacuation and survival skills. We also have a certified mountain bike team and a rope support team to augment our ground searches when appropriate. All field operation team members will meet PNWSAR and Oregon State Sheriff’s Association basic search and rescue certification standards. We also train to develop skills that will be utilized in command post and base camp functions during a SAR incident.

Working With Our Community

We work very closely with the Clackamas County Sheriff Department’s search and rescue coordinators for training and testing as well as other regional search and rescue organizations and belong to the Mt. Hood SAR Council. We also participate in joint training operations with other search and rescue groups. This prepares our teams to effectively participate in SAR missions that require high levels of cooperation and teamwork with the many diverse resource groups (i.e.: dog teams, snowmobiles, high angle rescue, medical teams, and other ground search teams).


PNWSAR is not currently accepting applications

Tuesday, November 4, 20149:22

PNWSAR is not currently accepting applications.  We will be recruiting again in Summer 2015.  If you are interested in our team, we encourage you to come to a General Meeting.

Donate your used vehicle to PNWSAR

Tuesday, February 24, 201511:13

Make a tax-deductible donation of your used car (or truck, motorcycle, RV, boat, plane or other vehicle) to PNWSAR.   Call our vehicle donation partner Speeds Towing at (503) 234-5555 and tell them you want to donate your vehicle to PNWSAR - we'll take care of the rest.          http://www.speedstowingpdx.com/donations-faq/