Search and Rescue in Washington State

Search and Rescue in Washington State is governed by Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 38.52. Contained within this law are sections defining search and rescue, assigning responsibilities for SAR, establishment of the position of the state Coordinator for SAR Operations, and the liability protection and compensation program under which volunteers in our state are protected. Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 118-04 establishes the procedures and qualifications of emergency workers (registered volunteers) and explains how the program is administered.

 

 

Number of SAR Missions in WA State 2010-2016

Number of SAR Missions in WA State 2010-2016

County Total 2010-2016 2010 Total 2011 Total 2012 Total 2013 Total 2014 Total 2015 Total 2016 Total
Adams 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Asotin 13 1 1 3 2 2 0 4
Benton 139 15 22 15 21 21 20 25
Chelan 258 26 49 24 44 28 38 49
Clallam 88 9 9 15 5 13 17 20
Clark 102 16 15 13 18 16 9 15
Columbia 12 2 3 1 0 0 4 2
Cowlitz 245 37 51 35 35 37 24 26
Douglas 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Ferry 43 3 8 6 7 11 1 7
Franklin 34 7 4 0 2 4 9 8
Garfield 15 1 2 3 1 1 2 5
Grant 51 3 8 11 11 10 6 2
Grays Harbor 56 4 10 10 3 7 8 14
Island 34 6 7 3 7 4 4 3
Jefferson 72 6 3 10 11 10 17 15
King 956 120 125 108 127 120 177 179
Kitsap 120 13 13 20 21 18 15 20
Kittitas 165 25 17 18 26 34 25 20
Klickitat 100 7 16 18 9 19 15 16
Lewis 87 10 10 20 16 11 9 11
Lincoln 4 1 0 1 0 2 0 0
Mason 129 21 16 12 18 18 17 27
Okanogan 182 17 21 24 18 40 23 39
Pacific 99 23 17 17 10 11 6 15
Pend Oreille 53 7 6 10 5 8 10 7
Pierce 338 36 38 43 53 47 62 59
San Juan 49 2 3 5 6 17 11 5
Skagit 301 50 32 44 57 43 38 37
Skamania 273 38 38 32 48 38 35 44
Snohomish 643 85 89 89 85 82 110 103
Spokane 77 14 16 8 10 10 9 10
Stevens 27 1 6 6 7 1 4 2
Thurston 86 15 13 15 12 7 14 10
Wahkiakum 10 2 0 1 2 3 1 1
Walla Walla 24 2 4 2 3 6 3 4
Whatcom 238 29 34 24 40 37 29 45
Whitman 8 0 3 2 1 1 1 0
Yakima 259 26 38 40 36 38 37 44
Totals 5395 680 748 708 777 775 811 896
Year over year % Increase 31.8% 10.0% -5.3% 9.7% -0.3% 4.6% 10.5%