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).


2015 Trainee application deadline is 10/31/14

Sunday, October 5, 201412:16

PNWSAR is now accepting applications for our 2015 Trainee class.  Please click here or on the "join our team" link above to find out more. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2014.   Interviews will take place in November, training for those selected will begin in January 2015.  If you are interested we urge you to apply, and come to a meeting.  The next General Meeting is Tuesday October 14, 2014 @7 pm, Clackamas Public Safety Training Center, 12700 SE 82nd ave.

October meeting rescheduled

Wednesday, October 15, 20142:27

The General Meeting on 10/14 was cancelled due to a callout.  The meeting has now been rescheduled for Tuesday, 10/21 at 7 p.m. Hope to see you there!