BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Search and Rescue is accepting applications for its next class of recruits. Sgt. William Bailey says the Sheriff’s Office volunteer unit is a highly skilled and diverse group. "Because of how busy we are – we are one of the busiest Search and Rescue units in the state –we need a good pool of volunteers to pull from, so that we have volunteers that have different areas of expertise. Whether it’s a swift water rescue or a mountain search or searching for evidence over a large area, we can pull from a large number of resources to help us accomplish our mission." Last year, Deschutes County’s SAR completed over 400 missions and trainings.
Applicants must be at least 21, should have a flexible schedule, be able to fit in with current volunteers, have a good attitude and the ability to function as a team player, and able to take part in evening and weekend trainings. "Once we finish with the applications, which closes January 19, we expect to select about 25 people to go through the Search and Rescue academy. And that runs from April second through May second. It’s 11 evening classes, five weekend classes and one overnight stay in the backcountry."