Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Annual Volunteer Recruitment

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Are you interested in serving  as a volunteer  team member on one of the busiest Search and Rescue teams in the state? Are you willing to sacrifice your own time, resources and comfort to assist others in need? Application due January 25, 2013

If so, you may be interested  in becoming  a Deschutes  County  Sheriff’s Office  Search and Rescue volunteer.

Deschutes  County  Sheriffs Office Search  and Rescue (DCSSAR) are seeking volunteers  age 21 and over.  No prior experience is required,  however, applicants must be team-oriented, be comfortable in the backcountry in all types of weather,  be willing  to learn and improve their outdoor  skills,  have the physical  conditioning to be a contributing team member on missions,  and have the time available to contribute.

This means having job and family  flexibility  to respond to emergencies at any time of the week-day or night.

To be considered for membership, applicants must:


•     Complete and submit  applications by Friday, January  25, 2013

•     Pass a criminal  and driving  history  background  check

•      Complete an in-depth  questionnaire and personal  interview

•      Fully commit  to first year training,  including:

– A 1 00-hour  general  training academy  in April/May

– First aid and CPR training (unless  currently  certified)

– Successful  completion of all state search and rescue certification requirements

•     Be willing to make monetary  investments:

-Pay an initial fee of $100 upon acceptance into the training academy which will be used to purchase  required SAR clothing  upon completion

– Provide own personal  clothing  and equipment as required

•      Contribute time every  month toward training, meetings  and active  missions

•      Be available  as often as possible  when SAR emergencies dictate

•      Be able to meet specific  physical  requirements

•      Have no medical conditions that could  interfere  with strenuous physical  activity.

•      Be able to work  in a team-oriented environment

•      Possess  unquestioned  integrity  and honesty

•      Be comfortable at all times and conditions in the backcountry

Application packets are available at the main Sheriff’s Office  reception  window  in Bend , or at any of the Sheriff’s Office substations in La Pine, Sisters  or Terrebonne, during  normal  business  hours,  Monday through  Friday.   The application process closes  at the end of business on Friday, January 25, 2013.   When completed, all materials  should  be returned  to any Deschutes  County  Sheriff’s Office  reception window  or via mail to:  SAR  Recruitment Coordinator, 63333  West Highway 20, Bend, OR  97701.

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