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2021-2022 Recruiting

Virtual Orientation Meeting
September 15th Zoom Meeting 7PM

MCSOSAR is recruiting for our annual class. Training will begin in October 2021 and run through early June 2022. Each year, our members donate thousands of hours to help make the remote areas of Multnomah County safer for those who live and recreate here. Our primary function is to perform ground searches in Multnomah County, including finding lost hikers, hunters, climbers, skiers, children, as well as Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. As an organization focused on youth development and leadership, we also provide opportunities for local youth to build self-esteem, confidence, interpersonal skills, lasting friends, and gain experience in leadership positions. Officer and leadership positions over our general membership is entirely staffed by volunteer high-school aged youth, both in training and live missions.

We invite you to attend our orientation meetings to learn more about our team, our process, and the training year. Training begins October 6th, with training every Wednesday evening, and field training one weekend a month.

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Who can join?

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue (MCSOSAR) is seeking dedicated, highly motivated young adult volunteers that are at least 14 years old.

The Training

MCSOSAR conducts an annual training program beginning in October. Training consists of weekly classroom or virtual meetings, and monthly field outings where we spend a weekend training in the field. No wilderness experience is necessary to join, we will give you the skills to become a successful searcher, and an asset to your community. Our program teaches new members everything they need to know to earn their Oregon State Search & Rescue Type III Certification.

Devils Rest


Search training includes the four primary wilderness search types (Hasty/trail, open grid, closed grid, and evidence), basic search theory, operating as a search team member, and searching in an urban environment.

Rescue Techniques

Members learn rescue techniques such as patient packaging, medical assessment, first-aid, CPR+AED, litter carry, rough land evacuation, and helicopter extraction procedures.


Map reading skills are essential to Search & Rescue. You will learn how to navigate with map, compass and handheld GPS.

The Cost

The training provided by MCSOSAR is not available elsewhere in such a comprehensive manner. There are however some inherent costs involved. New members are asked to pay New Membership Dues of $150. This money covers an issued First Aid kit, uniform shirts, good quality compass, and food for most meals during our training outings. After certification, returning members pay an annual membership of $60 which goes directly towards meals through the upcoming training season.

Personal Equipment

Our team has unit equipment for some expensive items like handheld GPS units, radios for communications. Survival gear, and search packs are purchased by-in-large by the individual members. They are responsible for their upkeep, maintenance, and ready status. Much of our equipment list is standard camping gear. Due to the nature of our work, and the versatility required to operate in a broad variety of conditions, we have some additional specific requirements.

Full search pack requirements can be found HERE

Application Process

Incoming classes have limited seats. New members are asked to fill out the appropriate form below completely and truthfully. Digital applications are due prior to Friday, September 24th, 2021

2021 Digital Youth Application
2021 Digital Adult Application

Additional paperwork and signatures will be required.

Please email if there are any additional questions.

New Member Dues

We strive to keep membership dues to a minimum. Despite the cost, we do not make profit from membership dues. New membership fee is $150. This includes a field uniform shirts, compass, first aid kit, and more. After passing the initial application process, members must fulfill an initial payment of $25 prior to our first training outing.

New Member Dues



Note: Failure to attend, or withdrawal from Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue does not constitute grounds for a refund of fees. Uniforms and equipment paid for by dues will remain your property, but all equipment loaned by MCSOSAR, and Sheriff’s Office patches must be removed and returned.