What constitutes honorable and rewarding Search and Rescue (SAR) work? The answers may be found by speaking to those who perform these feats.
When asked, the SAR worker rarely tells a tale of heroics and personal hazards. Most probably what will be told is a story of hard long hours of physically demanding work usually for no money.
A story of being swept from one's family and home only to experience the pain of another. Most probably what will be told is a story of fatigue, frustration, anxiety and sweat, but ultimately, a deep, inner feeling of satisfaction for work well done.
Unfortunately the story does not always have a happy ending; occasionally the story ends in tragedy.
Search and Rescue is not the place for egotists or those weak in character; nor is it the place for those seeking popularity or fame. Rather, Search and Rescue is for those who have a unique desire to help others in need regardless of personal gain. SAR is for those who can focus on the objective common to all who serve others--the injured, the lost, the pained, and the anxious. SAR is for those who are here for one reason: To help those who so desperately need it.
If you are accepted by the Klickitat County Volunteer Search and Rescue team, you will be expected to meet Washington State Search and Rescue minimum standards. We will provide the necessary training in all areas and attendance at sufficient classes to maintain your skills is mandatory.
After state standards are met, volunteers are encouraged to further their training and knowledge in areas of interest to them so that highly trained, specialized teams are available when needed. Specialized areas include, but are not limited to: tracking, rope rescue, water rescue, K-9, air observer, air support, communications and logistics.
If you wish to become a member of the Klickitat County Volunteer Search and Rescue team, call the Sheriff's Office at (509) 773-4545 for more information and an application.