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KCSR is an all volunteer, non-profit organization, formed in 1991 at the request of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office.
KCSR’s mission is to provide personnel for Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office to conduct search, rescue, recovery, and evacuation operations, primarily within Kittitas County. KCSR does not act in any capacity except at the direction of the Sheriff’s Office.
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office
calls on KCSR for various types of missions, including:
KCSR is organized into different teams, each specializing in components of a SAR operation:
Provides radio communications, mapping and Operations support at base camp. The MST provides logistical support for SAR members in the field.
The Ground Team is the heart of SAR. AKA, The Ground Pounders, the team is the entry point for new members and provides the base for building new skills and expertise in SAR.
The Backcountry Team is our more advanced ground team. They operate in more remote, technical and advanced wilderness settings with weather and terrain extremes.
Operating in alpine winter environments, specifically trained in avalanche rescue and recovery. They are experts in backcountry travel with skis & snowshoes.
Dog Team members (human and K9) are highly-skilled teams providing air-scent, tracking/trailing avalanche & Human Remains Detection to our missions.
Our Horse Team members carry rescue equipment that would be difficult for a Ground Team members to carry a great distance. Horses are also used to search roads and trails during search operations.
Our Snowmobile Team members are experienced not only in on-sled techniques but they are intimately familiar with the winter recreation areas, allowing them to quickly reach those in need.
Our Snowmobile Team members are experienced not only in on-sled techniques but they are intimately familiar with the winter recreation areas, allowing them to reach those in need quickly when they are in need.
Using small packable drones as well as larger multi-rotor systems with infrared cameras, the UAS team is able to get deep into a search area quickly and performed search operations in areas that may not be accessible by Ground Teams.
Kittitas County Youth Search & Rescue teaches life and career skills to youth 14-18 through hands on experiences assisting with search and rescue operations and other emergency services under the direction of Kittitas County Sheriff's Office.
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Kittitas County Search and Rescue is a 501c3, non-profit organization operating under the authority and jurisdiction of the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office, as defined in