Thank you for your interest in becoming a search and rescue volunteer. If you are ready to contribute your time and skills to SAR, we think you’ll find it one of the most rewarding volunteer commitments you will ever make as you make a difference in the lives of those who need us. Many of our members have been with the unit for years, even decades, and we always welcome new members to the team. Your first step is to fill out the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Application for Search and Rescue. Once your application has been submitted to the Sheriff’s Office, your information will be screened. If the application is approved, you will be invited to attend an orientation and the annual New Member Academy. Academy courses are mandatory and must be completed before you will be placed on call and able to go on a mission. The $100 orientation fee must be paid in full prior to the start of the Academy. In addition, there is a physical requirement for all SAR members, who must be able to complete a two-mile hike with a 25-pound pack.

  • SAR members pay annual dues of $25 and must commit to:
  • Serve at least 50 hours per calendar year, including SAR mission time, training, maintenance of facilities and equipment, meetings, events and more;
  • Participate in a minimum of 4 missions per year;
  • Complete at least two 2 trainings per year;
  • Maintain mission readiness with ongoing certification in personal safety, map and compass, GPS and ATV operation.

New Member Academy is held during the Spring season of every year. New Member Academy takes place over several weekends, and attendance is mandatory for all Academy sessions.

Notable dates regarding the 2020 SAR Academy:

SAR Applications for the 2020 New Member Class are due into the Sheriff’s Office by February 7, 2020 at 5 pm.

An information session for those applicants whose applications have been approved will be on February 19th at 7 pm and February 29 at 9 am. Approved applicants only need to attend one of the sessions. Information about where to meet will be provided to the approved applicants.

The 2020 SAR Academy dates are as follows:

March 28: SAR Academy I-Orientation, Policies, Search Theory
March 29: SAR Academy II-Fitness Hike, Personal Safety, Risk Management, Leadership/Followership
April 4: SAR Academy III-Map and Compass day 1
April 5: SAR Academy III-Map and Compass day 2
April 18: SAR Academy IV-GPS

April 19: SAR Academy V-Low Angle Rescue/SAR Technology
April 25: SAR Academy VI-Tracking

April 26: SAR Academy VII-UTV/ATV, Humvee, Trailer

For more information, download our membership brochure and application below (please return completed applications to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office-SAR Unit at 911 E. Sawmill Rd). We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the unit.

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