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 2010-2017 Number of SAR Missions in WA State 2010-2017

County Total 2010-2018 2010 Total 2011 Total 2012 Total 2013 Total 2014 Total 2015 Total 2016 Total 2017 Total 2018 Total
Adams 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Asotin 19 1 1 3 2 2 0 4 2 4
Benton 171 15 22 15 21 21 20 25 17 15
Chelan 335 26 49 24 44 28 38 49 38 39
Clallam 136 9 9 15 5 13 17 20 27 21
Clark 142 16 15 13 18 16 9 15 17 23
Columbia 16 2 3 1 0 0 4 2 2 2
Cowlitz 302 37 51 35 35 37 24 26 30 27
Douglas 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 5
Ferry 54 3 8 6 7 11 1 7 7 4
Franklin 56 7 4 0 2 4 9 8 12 10
Garfield 19 1 2 3 1 1 2 5 2 2
Grant 65 3 8 11 11 10 6 2 7 7
Grays Harbor 75 4 10 10 3 7 8 14 9 10
Island 43 6 7 3 7 4 4 3 4 5
Jefferson 112 6 3 10 11 10 17 15 25 15
King 1401 120 125 108 127 120 177 179 233 212
Kitsap 158 13 13 20 21 18 15 20 23 15
Kittatas 227 25 17 18 26 34 25 20 25 37
Klickitat 126 7 16 18 9 19 15 16 10 16
Lewis 113 10 10 20 16 11 9 11 13 13
Lincoln 4 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
Mason 170 21 16 12 18 18 17 27 20 21
Okanogan 253 17 21 24 18 40 23 39 33 38
Pacific 116 23 17 17 10 11 6 15 6 11
Pend Oreille 71 7 6 10 5 8 10 7 8 10
Pierce 456 36 38 43 53 47 62 59 66 52
San Juan 59 2 3 5 6 17 11 5 3 7
Skagit 399 50 32 44 57 43 38 37 47 51
Skamania 353 38 38 32 48 38 35 44 42 38
Snohomish 910 85 89 89 85 82 110 103 137 130
Spokane 106 14 16 8 10 10 9 10 19 10
Stevens 37 1 6 6 7 1 4 2 6 4
Thurston 108 15 13 15 12 7 14 10 15 7
Wahkiakum 17 2 0 1 2 3 1 1 2 5
Walla Walla 30 2 4 2 3 6 3 4 1 5
Whatcom 345 29 34 24 40 37 29 45 53 54
Whitman 12 0 3 2 1 1 1 0 3 1
Yakima 341 26 38 40 36 38 37 44 40 42
Totals 7370 680 748 708 777 775 811 896 1007 968
% Change from PY 9.1% -5.6% 8.9% -0.3% 4.4% 9.5% 11.0% -4.0%

A mission is included in the above totals if a state mission number is issued. Some missions are resolved prior to teams being dispatched.