Merry Christmas

As we approach the Christmas season I would like everyone to take a few minutes to reflect on 2018. 

It has been a busy year for many of the SAR teams across Washington State.  Tens of thousands of hours have been given to the State of Washington by the volunteers.  This was done out a deep seated dedication to helping to find lost subjects and to bring a families love one back to them.  It is s dedication that we all need to take time to appreciate.  I know I appreciate all of the hours the volunteers give to search and rescue.


I would also like to bring you up to date on the 2019 conference.  The planning team has been working to make sure the 2019 conference is as good as the previous conferences.  The team has been working on finding new and interesting classes and instructors.  We have made it a goal of the team to bring new and interesting classes to the 2019 conference.  We have also been working on enhancing the learning and training opportunities for the volunteers.


In January we will be posting information on the new tracks and classes we hope to bring to the conference.


I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.


W. O. (Bill) Gillespie

SARVAC Preseident


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About Us

Washington State Search and Rescue Volunteer Advisory Council (WA SARVAC) exists to provide a forum for search and rescue volunteers in our state to work together to develop best practices, develop curriculum, and discuss and resolve issues. 


We serve as a liaison between the search and rescue units and the volunteers that comprise them, and the WA Emergency Management Division, the agency that oversees search and rescue activities at the state level. 


We work with the Washington State Search and Rescue Coordinators' Association (WSSARCA) to address the needs of law enforcement agencies in our state when it comes to SAR volunteer responders. 


In a typical year, search and rescue responders answer the call to assist law enforcement agencies search for missing persons and those in distress around 900 times each year. This volunteer service is invaluable in the communities in which we serve.