Dear Nature Lover,

We at Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue are asking you to please stay home during this Covid-19 global emergency.
You love being outdoors, and right now the cabin fever is driving many people outdoors. We get it.
We feel the same way, and we are asking you to stay home.
We are asking you to stay off the hiking trails and out of the backcountry because:

Rescuer Safety - Rescues require us to work within inches of each other for potentially hours.
Some of us may have Coronavirus and no symptoms, and we risk our fellow rescuers.
Additionally, every time we respond to a mission, we risk physical injury.

Being able to reach the Trail - Our SAR deputies have been out checking the trails, and there are too many people out there.
We are potentially unable to get our rescue trucks anywhere near the trailheads.

Hospital Overload - Hospitals are already overwhelmed, and they do not have enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to keep healthcare workers safe.

Limited Blood Supply - The blood supply in the Puget Sound region is dangerously low, and back country injuries can be severe enough to need surgery. Please don’t risk it.

Your Safety - if you are injured, requiring hospital care, you will likely be exposed to Coronavirus while at the hospital.

During the novel Coronavirus pandemic, please be our heroes by staying home.

Thank you and we’ll see you on the trails and mountains when this over.

Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue

Saving Lives in Snohomish County and Beyond

Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR) is an all-volunteer organization delivering emergency response to those in need across the county’s urban and wilderness areas. Our dedicated members come to the aid of anyone lost or injured wherever they might be. We find children, search for lost people with dementia, mental health issues, and developmental challenges, respond to major disasters, and perform life-saving first aid and CPR. We support the Snohomish County Sheriff and other Law Enforcement Agencies in evidence searches.

Who We Are

SCVSAR has over 300 dedicated members. We perform more than 120 life-saving missions each year, logging over 9,500 hours of service. Our capabilities include helicopter rescue, 4x4 rescue, wilderness and urban search, K-9, horseback, swift-water, mountain recovery, and emergency first aid.

We operate in coordination with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management. We assist rescue agencies throughout the state.

In an emergency, always dial 911.

Every SCVSAR mission is performed free of charge.

Our continued operation relies primarily on the private donations of businesses and individuals.
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Our Stories

I just sent you a donation because your last newsletter sent me down memory lane. About 60 years ago, I was a member of Explorer Search and Rescue, a bunch of teenage kids that assisted Mountain Search and Rescue and […]

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I first started when the Oso slide happened. I had a very dear friend of mine that lost his brother in the slide, and just being a person of the community I had to do something to help. The first […]

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I moved to Washington in November 2007 and shortly after I started getting into hiking and mountaineering. I was a relatively new hiker, just learning about the mountains and gear and navigation and on June 21 2009 I went hiking […]

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“Three Teens Trapped on Three Fingers Mountain” the news read back on Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening, August 26-27, 2008. Those were the “best-worst days” of our lives, since one of those teens was ours (and another we had custody […]

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Our Blog

2020 SCVSAR Fundraising Letter

This year, our fundraising letter features the story of a very complicated October rescue! Please click HERE to view or print our the letter, and thank you for your continued support! Would you like to receive our Newsletters and our […]

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SCVSAR Fall 2020 Newsletter

Our newsletter contains our President’s Letter as well as details on recent rescues and more! Please click HERE to view or print our Fall 2020 newsletter, and thank you for your continued support! Would you like to receive our Newsletters […]

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President’s Letter

Heidi McKeon, Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue President “Three Teens Rescued from Three Fingers Mountain” the headlines read back on August 26-27, 2008. Our son was one of the three teens whose lives were saved. The 20 hours we […]

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What We Want You to Know

Leah Hainey, “Snohomish County Volunteer Search & Rescue” Facebook Page Administrator Having a good hiking plan is one of the most important things you should do prior to heading outdoors. At the very least, include what trail you are going […]

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Consider Supporting SCVSAR through Facebook Fundraisers & Donations

We have all seen the birthday donations on Facebook, but did you know that you can do one for SCVSAR? These fundraisers are an amazing way to promote and raise money and awareness for SCVSAR. Ways to access this feature […]

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