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Who We Are

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team (MCSO SAR) is a 100% volunteer organization whose role is to serve as a resource for Multnomah County search and rescue needs.

What We Do

As a Search and Rescue organization, we are called to perform four different types of searches: Trail searches, open-grid searches, closed-grid searches and evidence searches. Trail or grid searches for missing persons may occur any time of day, any day of the year, in any weather condition. These often require a quick response by teams of trained, well-equipped searchers. Evidence searches involve a thorough examination of an area currently under investigation by law enforcement. MCSO SAR is known throughout the Pacific Northwest as an able and effective evidence searching team, often responsible for recovering critical pieces of evidence.

Where/How We Operate

MCSO SAR is a resource primarily for Multnomah County. However, neighboring SAR teams in other counties occasionally request MCSO SAR assistance in their missions. When an emergency call goes out for a missing person, the call is forwarded to the Sheriff’s Office in whose county the missing person was last seen. Deputies, specially trained in commanding SAR operations, evaluate the emergency and determine what search and rescue resources are required. The deputy activates MCSO SAR team by means of a phone tree. Upon receiving the call, searchers quickly assemble at a common area (typically the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office) and are immediately dispatched to the search base location. When on a search, teams may stay in the field or at the search base for hours or even days, as needed.



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