Search and Rescue

President Sam Jenkins
Phone (509) 775-2923
Mailing Address Ferry County
Search and Rescue
POB 985
Republic, WA 99166
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Please dial 911 for emergencies


Ferry County Search and Rescue (SAR) is based in Ferry County, in the northeast corner of Washington state. The all-volunteer Search and Rescue Team is part of the Ferry County Sheriff's office and provides a critical service to all residents and visitors to Ferry County. Search and rescue is a life-saving skill that demands dedication, training, and specialized equipment. Approximately 30 members of the Ferry County Search and Rescue Team are trained in rural and wilderness environments and strive to be a well-prepared squad ready to respond...any time...any others may live.


  • Assist the Ferry County Sheriff Office and other Law Enforcement Agencies with the direction of the Washington State Department of Emergency Management with regards to Emergency Service efforts in and around Ferry County or as directed.
  • Response to persons in distress has long been an honorable and charitable tradition. The unpaid professionals of the Ferry County Search and Rescue team have carried on this tradition of helping others by dedicating their time, skills, equipment and others may live.
  • The Ferry County Search and Rescue team coordinates and communicates among federal, state, local, and other volunteer groups.
  • Aid in the implementation of a total integrated emergency response, rescue and recovery system
  • Maintain skills through practice and continuing education and hands-on training
  • Gather necessary resourses to perform successful search and rescue missions
  • Promote public awareness through education and participation in public events
Men and women of the Ferry County Search and Rescue team are unpaid professionals willing to serve the community by providing a vital service. Each member is a volunteer skilled in rapid response rescue techniques, First Aid and CPR, and trained in using specialized rescue equipment.

Membership requirements:

  • 14-18 years of age must complete the SAR Parental Permission for Youth Form
Download Parental Permission Form

  • Valid drivers licence and automobile insurance
  • Abide by the FCSAR by-laws and all applicable laws
  • Background check
  • Attend general meetings and training sessions
  • Maintain personal equipment

Application Process:

Download the SAR application

  • Print and fill out the application
  • Mail application to:
Ferry County Search and Rescue
POB 985
Republic, WA 99166

Attend a SAR meeting and meet the team:

Bring completed application to monthly SAR meeting

  • Second and Fourth Monday of each month; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Latter-day Saints church meeting room in Republic; South end of town, kitty-corner from Chevron/Subway.
In case of emergency always call 9-1-1

To contact the SAR team for any other reason, except an emergency, email Sam Jenkins, President or call 509 775-2923
  • You don't have to be a member of Ferry County Search and Resuce to support our goals. We often need help organizing events, assistance at SAR missions, and general help with many other work projects and training events.
  • For example: you could donate your mechanical skills to maintain our SAR bus; donate your mending skills repairing equipment; or donate your cooking skills supporting an extended search.
  • All skills and age groups are welcome. Please help if you can.
  • Please contact Sam Jenkins, SAR President or call (509) 775-2923
Emergency Worker Registration Form

Process to volunteer:

(you must be certified as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) worker)

  • Download and complete the Emergency Worker Registration Card application.
  • Bring a driver's license or government ID card with you.
  • Drop off at the dispatch center at the Sheriff's Office.
  • A background check and sheriff's approval is necessary before you can start volunteering.