Search & Rescue

OSSA SAR Patch

Search and Rescue (SAR) involves not only searching for missing or lost people but also rescuing injured hikers, climbers, skiers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts, body recoveries, evidence searches and disaster response as well.

SAR is a non-profit volunteer unit for the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Currently there are approximately 110 volunteers who are members of one or more of our nine specialty units. To be SAR certified, members complete a 100 hour Oregon State Sheriff’s Association certification course that we host once per year and meet all their requirements.  Annually, each member obtains 30 or more hours of continuing SAR training or mission time.  All SAR certified members maintain CPR and First Aid certifications.

If you are interested in volunteering with one of our Search and Rescue (SAR) units, check out their websites below for more information. To apply to join a unit, complete and return the Benton County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Application to lacey.duncan@co.benton.or.us  and the unit representative will get back in touch with you.