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President’s Letter

September 14, 2020

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 spent at the SAR Base Camp was our family’s first introduction to these amazing volunteers of Search & Rescue. It was both the worst and best day of our lives. (You can find the whole story on the www.scvsar.org “Home” page, near the bottom in the “Our Stories” Section.) In the months following the Three Fingers rescue, my husband, my mother and I all joined SCVSAR as members of the Operations Support Unit (OSU). Much of my work on missions has been with Documentation in the Command Vehicle, as well as holding a leadership position within OSU for a number of years and eventually leadership positions with the County Board. As the first woman President of SCVSAR and the first President to come from the Operations Support Unit, my story simply highlights that anyone can meaningfully support this wonderful organization. While we need field qualified personnel to go on missions and be trained for units and teams, such as Everett […]

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What We Want You to Know

September 13, 2020

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 to be on and what time you should be back in cell service by. Additional pieces of information we like to have when deployed on a mission are: names and cell phone numbers of all members in your hiking party, the type of car you drove to the trailhead, a list of gear you have packed and the type of boots you were wearing. If you’d really like to go above and beyond, keep a roll of aluminum foil in your vehicle and before departing on the trail, step on it to provide your boot print. Our man trackers can do AMAZING things and this would give them a great head start! Be sure the person you have shared your plan with understands that they will be responsible to call 911 if you miss your check in. This would likely deploy search and rescue to come to your aid. And remember…the second most important part of your plan is sticking […]

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Consider Supporting SCVSAR through Facebook Fundraisers & Donations

September 11, 2020

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 for a birthday fundraiser differs whether you’re logged on a desktop or a smart phone. On Snohomish County Volunteer Search & Rescue’s Facebook page itself, it’s very easy to set up a fundraiser, and these are a wonderful means to generate interest and response when you make a contribution yourself and/or offer a matching donation. $1,480 was received by SCVSAR from Facebook Donations between 1/1/2020 and 8/26/2020. Thank you!

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SCVSAR K9 Team Capabilities

September 4, 2020

K9 Team

The K9 Team is a “Specialty Team” within the SCVSAR organizational structure and part of the Special Operations Group. The K9 Team mission is to conduct K9 search operations to locate lost, injured and/or deceased persons whenever and wherever required. There are currently 28 members of the SCVSAR K9 Team from the following SCVSAR Units: EMRU, Alderwood, Snohomish, Marysville, OSU, ESAR.  All members must be in good standing with their units and maintain their Core Competency Requirements at Field level as established by SCVSAR. Members of the K9 Team are either K9 Handlers or K9 Field Support and must complete additional training requirements, including the following: K9 Pet First Aid K9 Fitness Test (5 miles) Performing hider roles Radio reporting (start times, locations, status checks, etc.) Doing Subject Assessments K9 Search Plans Flagging Estimating and reporting location in UTMs The K9 Team trains constantly (when not in quarantine); we train to tough standards; we certify our K9 Teams using 3rd party evaluators. The SCVSAR K9 Team has 3 primary K9 disciplines: Trailing K9 Teams (1 Certified team, 1 team in training): Trailing K9s are trained to find a specific live human and need a scent sample of the subject. Trailing […]

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What is AmazonSmile?

September 1, 2020

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue every time you shop, at no cost to you. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your SCVSAR. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com  from the web browser on your computer or mobile device and select SCVSAR. You may also want to add smile.amazon.com as a  bookmark to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.  $705 was received by SCVSAR from AmazonSmile from 1/1/2020 to 8/26/2020. Thank You.

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Lake Serene Rescue on June 11th, 2020

June 12, 2020

Kathleen Nicole‎, posted on Facebook in Washington Hikers and Climbers, shared on Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue Facebook page. June 12, 2020  Friends, yesterday was a difficult one. I’ve read about Search and Rescue stories online but never thought I’d be a part of one. On our way down from Lake Serene our friend slipped on a wet rock and broke her ankle about 3 miles from the trailhead. I turned my phone on and luckily had full coverage and called 911 around 3 pm. About 2 hours later Snohomish County Fire and EMT met us on the trail along with a team of Snohomish Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers. 16 people in total. They were literal heroes, selflessly putting their lives on the line to help our injured friend off the trail. By 9:30 pm we were safely back to the trailhead and off to the Emergency Room. This was a true lesson in the importance of carrying the 10 Essentials on EVERY. SINGLE.HIKE. After 4 years of hiking the trails here in Washington, I’ve learned many lessons, and the most important is even if you’re going for a day hike, pack as if you may need to […]

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Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office hosted visitors from Canada at Taylor’s Landing

May 31, 2019

Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office hosted visitors from Canada at Taylor’s Landing today under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

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Where on Earth is Sam Sayers?

April 26, 2019

Image courtesy Kevin Dares

Sometime in the morning of a bluebird August day, a Seattle woman picked up a pencil and wrote her name on the register at a trailhead off the Mountain Loop Highway. The paper is there to log the hikers on Sunrise Mine Trail #707, a route that winds to the top of Vesper Peak. Her scrawl is the last concrete sign of the 27-year-old day hiker whose disappearance launched one of the biggest search and rescue operations in the state’s history.

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WASARCON

April 17, 2019

TIME IS GROWING SHORT – SIGN UP NOW! If you have not signed up for any of the pre-conference classes, please contact the instructors to check on space to attend. K-9 Pre-Conference Classes K-9 HRD Land and Water – Contact – Roy Pesc rspescador@gmail.com K-9 Trailing – Contact –  Jennifer Hall searchdog-iz@comcast.net K-9 Air Scent – Contact – Chris Terpstra cpt@treefrog.org SAR Management Pre-Conference Classes SAR Management – Contact – Long, Chris (MIL) chris.long@mil.wa.gov) We have a great list of classes we are planning to offer.  Our SAR Management, Medical, K-9, and Volunteer Management and Leadership tracks are excellent with many new classes that we have not offered before.  Take a few minutes to go to WASARCON.org and check out the list of potential classes. This year’s Washington State SAR Conference is fast approaching. It’s being held June 17-23, 2019 at Central Washington University (CWU) and the Kittitas Valley Events Center (KVEC) in Ellensburg. The conference web site is http://www.wasarcon.org/. There is an excellent line up of both pre-conference courses and conference classes focused on SAR incident management, search planning, and SAR leadership. See the conference web site for full descriptions, more class offerings, and registration.

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