Our Business is Saving Lives
Thousands of people visit Curry County, Oregon each year. A few will become lost, stranded, or injured . . . some will die.
Our objective is to find and rescue these lost or injured people before it is too late. Highly trained women and men respond to emergencies and disasters 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We are dedicated to saving lives and educating the public on wilderness safety.
Curry County Search and Rescue, Inc. (CCSO SAR) was formed in 1972 in the State of Oregon as a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
We operate under the authority of the Curry County Sheriff. By Oregon State statute, the County Sheriff is responsible for search and rescue (SAR). We will also provide SAR resources to out of county and out of state agencies when requested through the Curry County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Department.
We do not charge the Sheriff or the subjects of SAR missions for our services.
CCSO SAR does not receive funding from any tax base or mil levy at the Federal, State, County or City level.
For funding we rely on donations from individuals, grants, foundations, businesses, corporations, and fundraising events.
The Curry County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) supports us by providing some funding, and the use of office, training room, and vehicle and equipment storage space at the Emergency Services Center facility.
Our members donate their time, money, energy, and personal equipment in order to train, search, rescue, and educate the public on outdoor safety. None of our members get paid for any of the search and rescue work that they do.
Who We Are
The Curry County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team (CCSO SAR) is a 100% volunteer organization, whose role is to serve as a resource for Curry County search and rescue needs. We are all community volunteers. We are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When the going gets tough, the tough call in the Curry County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team!
What We Do
Search and Rescue operations can and do involve finding lost members of the public. However, we also conduct evidence searches, assist with SWAT and serve in the recovery effort following a natural disaster.
We conduct weekly training lectures and monthly weekend training outings to teach, learn, and practice a multitude of skills. Through this, we build confidence, self-esteem, leadership skills, and develop tight interpersonal relationships.
Where We Do it
CCSO SAR is a resource primarily for Curry County. However, neighboring SAR teams in other counties occasionally request CCSO 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 the CCSO SAR team by means of a phone tree. Upon hearing the call, searchers quickly assemble at a common area (often the Curry 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.