Benton County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue
Benton County Search and Rescue (SAR) involves searching for missing and lost people as well as rescuing injured hikers, climbers, skiers, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts. SAR volunteers also carrying out body recoveries, evidence searches and disaster response. During a sixteen year period Benton County Search & Rescue responded to approximately 2% of all calls in Oregon requesting SAR assistance.
Benton County SAR is a non-profit volunteer unit serving the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. With volunteers numbering more than 100, its members operate in one or more of the nine specialty units.
Search and Rescue Training
The Benton County Search & Rescue volunteers dedicate themselves to rigorous rescue training for certification and continuing education. They become SAR certified members by completing and meeting all requirements in a 100 hour Oregon State Sheriff’s Association search and rescue certification course. Additionally, each year all members complete 30 or more hours of continuing SAR rescue training. Time spent on missions can be awarded toward the required 30 hours of continuing rescue training. All Search & Rescue certified members also maintain CPR and First Aid certifications.
Benton County SAR Associated Units
Benton County’s search and rescue members press on in service to their local community, undergoing their long hours of certification training as well as the continuing, annual SAR rescue training education. Remember, no taxes support this organization. These volunteers pay for much of the training and equipment out of their own funds. They also involve themselves in community fundraisers for the cause. Countless hours are given when they volunteer their time on rescue missions. Many more hours and money are given in their effort in mastering rescue training and promoting community donations, so they can be the best they can be when lives are on the line.
Crux rescue has profound respect for the members of the Benton County Search & Rescue team. It would be an honor to serve them in providing expert, professional certification rescue training. Consider volunteering with Benton County SAR or consider donating in support of the protection they provide to their community. The websites of both Corvallis Mountain Rescue and Mary’s Peak Search & Rescue can direct you in how to make donations to support Benton County SAR.
Crux Rescue is proud to serve Benton County’s rescue training needs. Matt Adams, of Crux Rescue, is a certified training course instructor who provides training courses for technical rescue teams in Benton County Oregon to swiftwater rescue teams, fire department rescue response units, county fire and rescue teams and search and rescue, SAR organizations. Matt is an accredited Rescue 3 International training instructor. The certification rescue training he instructs utilizes Rescue3’s rescue course curriculums. Call for information about class schedules or for information about scheduling a private course offering.