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 2010-2017 2010 Total 2011 Total 2012 Total 2013 Total 2014 Total 2015 Total 2016 Total 2017 Total
Adams 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Asotin 15 1 1 3 2 2 0 4 2
Benton 156 15 22 15 21 21 20 25 17
Chelan 296 26 49 24 44 28 38 49 38
Clallam 115 9 9 15 5 13 17 20 27
Clark 119 16 15 13 18 16 9 15 17
Columbia 14 2 3 1 0 0 4 2 2
Cowlitz 275 37 51 35 35 37 24 26 30
Douglas 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3
Ferry 50 3 8 6 7 11 1 7 7
Franklin 46 7 4 0 2 4 9 8 12
Garfield 17 1 2 3 1 1 2 5 2
Grant 58 3 8 11 11 10 6 2 7
Grays Harbor 65 4 10 10 3 7 8 14 9
Island 38 6 7 3 7 4 4 3 4
Jefferson 97 6 3 10 11 10 17 15 25
King 1189 120 125 108 127 120 177 179 233
Kitsap 143 13 13 20 21 18 15 20 23
Kittatas 190 25 17 18 26 34 25 20 25
Klickitat 110 7 16 18 9 19 15 16 10
Lewis 100 10 10 20 16 11 9 11 13
Lincoln 4 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Mason 149 21 16 12 18 18 17 27 20
Okanogan 215 17 21 24 18 40 23 39 33
Pacific 105 23 17 17 10 11 6 15 6
Pend Oreille 61 7 6 10 5 8 10 7 8
Pierce 404 36 38 43 53 47 62 59 66
San Juan 52 2 3 5 6 17 11 5 3
Skagit 348 50 32 44 57 43 38 37 47
Skamania 315 38 38 32 48 38 35 44 42
Snohomish 780 85 89 89 85 82 110 103 137
Spokane 96 14 16 8 10 10 9 10 19
Stevens 33 1 6 6 7 1 4 2 6
Thurston 101 15 13 15 12 7 14 10 15
Wahkiakum 12 2 0 1 2 3 1 1 2
Walla Walla 25 2 4 2 3 6 3 4 1
Whatcom 291 29 34 24 40 37 29 45 53
Whitman 11 0 3 2 1 1 1 0 3
Yakima 299 26 38 40 36 38 37 44 40
Totals 6402 680 748 708 777 775 811 896 1007
Year over year % Increase 31.8% 10.0% -5.3% 9.7% -0.3% 4.6% 10.5% 12.40%

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