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COVID-19 MEETING SUSPENSIONS

Dear Potential Members,

Due to Govenor Inslee's directions about social distancing in order to reduce the spread of the novel Coronavirus and Search and Rescue's need to maintain our ability to respond to back country emergencies, SCVSAR and all of it's Units have suspended our in-person meetings. Unfortunately, that means we are not accepting new members at this time.

If you are interested in joining please use this time at home to complete the following:

Create a FEMA ID
IS-100.C Course
IS-700.B Course
• Have a current First Aid and CPR
• Complete the Emergency worker form located HERE
• Complete the Personal Release form located HERE
• Organize your pack and equipment for a "pack check" HERE


Please check back again after the social distancing requirements have been lifted for additional information. We greatly appreciate your understanding during these difficult times.



SCVSAR members answer the call to those in need in Snohomish County and beyond, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you have strong interest in search and rescue we’d love to have you on board!

There are many ways to serve, volunteers will only be asked to serve on missions that are good matches for their skill level and experience.
If you are interested in joining, here are the steps to get started. Becoming fully certified can take up to a year or more. The best times to begin are spring and fall. Here is how to get the process started today:

Membership Requirements

  • The minimum age for membership throughout all of SCVSAR is 14 years old. Members aged 14-17 years must be accompanied on all SCVSAR activities by a parent or legal guardian, who must also be an “Active Status” SCVSAR member. Exception: Juvenile members involved in the ESAR Unit are provided direct adult supervision by ESAR leadership and therefore, the parent/legal guardian requirement is waived.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Be physically fit enough to perform assigned tasks.
  • Complete training requirements.

Start Today

  • Identify the unit you want join to join (scroll down for details on each)
  • Download a SCVSAR Prospective Member Packet containing required forms and complete information on training and skills assessment, equipment requirements, and member expectations.
  • Complete enclosed forms and releases.
  • Come to a unit meeting with your completed form and copy of your driver’s license or state ID.
Download a prospective member packet

SCVSAR Units

Alderwood Unit

Alderwood Unit

Snohomish County’s south county unit. Members respond to all county call-outs and serve on Special Operations Group.

Everett Mountain Rescue Unit

Everett Mountain Rescue Unit

Provide technical rescue services in rugged mountain terrain. Joining EMRU involves a more detailed application process and requires technical climbing skills and experience.

Explorer Unit

Explorer Unit

Search and rescue for 14-18 year olds. Volunteers learn basic outdoor and first aid skills and students can earn school community service credits.

Marysville Unit

Marysville Unit

Snohomish County’s north county unit. Members respond to all county call-outs and serve on Special Operations Group.

Operations Support Unit

Operations Support Unit

OSU provides command, coordination, communications, and hospitality assistance to SCVSAR, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and the Snohomish Country Department of Emergency Management.

Snohomish Unit

Snohomish Unit

Snohomish County’s mid-county unit. Members respond to all county call-outs and serve on Special Operations Group.

Contact Us

E-mail us today at volunteer@scvsar.org for more information on
becoming a member of SCVSAR.