The 2019 WASARCON is now over and was a success. 


All conference and pre-conference classes were well attended and from the comments we received, people were pleased. If you didn't get a chance to provide feedback, be sure to watch for the survey - coming soon! 

We (SARVAC) plan to take some time to review the current feedback and look at what can be offered for 2020. If you have anything you'd like to share for 2020 (before the survey comes out), please send an e-mail to:

Shout Outs To: 

Thanks to all who attended the 2019 conference and helped to make it a success. HUGE THANK YOU to all who volunteered to help with the conference and to the instructors - you did an AWESOME JOB!!!! All the best and enjoy the summer.

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.


  • Event Calendar - click here.
  • Volunteer Awards - click here.
  • Interested in becoming a volunteer with Washington State Search and Rescue? Click here to find out more details.

WA SAR Units

A complete listing of units by county can be found by clicking here.