Search & Rescue

Clearwater County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue is a volunteer organization serving Clearwater County and assisting the Sheriff’s Department with various search and rescue as well as law enforcement activities. The organization is comprised of a General Membership from which are derived various teams. Each team is comprised of a team leader, assistant team leader if necessary and the team members. There is a scheduled meeting at 7:30 PM on the last Monday of each month with a training session prior to each meeting starting at 7:00 PM. There is also a weekend training session scheduled for the spring of each year either in conjunction with Sheriff’s Department Deputy training or independently. In addition the various teams will have training throughout the year to prepare the team to meet its goals.

SAR members are sworn Level III Deputies and if desired may be able to obtain Level II or Level I status. Higher status will allow greater participation in law enforcement activities.

SAR has search and rescue equipment to be utilized during their activities consisting of, but not limited to, 2 complete base camps, a fully equipped dive trailer, a 4X4 pickup truck, a command trailer, an ATV, a 6X6 ATV, 2 snowmobiles, a radio repeater, several radios and GPS units, portable generators and lighting units and a fresh water supply trailer. Personal equipment is also utilized by members including ATVs, snowmobiles, 4X4 pickups, personal gear in search packs, radios and GPS units.

Each team has requirements set by the team leader consisting of training requirements, participation, physical ability, number of team members, equipment etc. The following is a list of teams their function and the basic requirements. Additional requirements are at the discretion of the team leader.