Given the continuing COVID19 pandemic and the Governor’s stay at home orders.


SARVAC is continuing to plan for the 2021 SAR conference.


  • We have been looking at dates and available sites for June of 2012.
  • We are taking this time to look at feedback we have received from previous conferences and the two regional meetings we conducted.
  • Also we are reviewing feedback from the 2018 and the 2019 conferences. 
  • We are looking for new and innovative classes and new instructors.
  • We are looking at a number of ways to improve the conference.  This is based on the feedback information we have received.
  • We plan to conduct several surveys in the next several months.  We will be asking for your input and ideas.  We will also will be asking for some demographic information.  This will help us in applying for grants and other conference funding sources.  We hope you will fill out the information.
  • We will also be asking for your help.  As we get closer to June 2012 we will be asking for volunteers to help us with the conference.  There will be more information about this as we get closer to the dates.


I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.  Also I hope you are staying in touch with your family, friends, team members and neighbors.


If you have ideas for the conference or need additional information please e-mail  president@wasarvac.org .


All the best to everyone.  We will make it through these difficult times together.


W. O. (Bill) Gillespie

SARVAC President

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.