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As an independent organization, Skamania County Search and Rescue relies solely on the goodwill and volunteering of local citizens to execute its crucial missions. Unlike other emergency services, they receive no tax-payer funding, making their commitment to the community all the more remarkable.

Under the direction of the Skamania County Sheriff's Office (SCSO), the SAR team covers an area of 1684 square miles, responding to calls from every corner of Skamania County and neighboring counties. Despite the challenging terrain and distances, their dedicated team of 26 members is always prepared to assist those in need.

Skamania County Search and Rescue boasts a comprehensive roster of highly trained professionals who are ready to tackle any situation. The team currently comprises 13 professionally trained Ropes Rescue level 2 Technicians, ensuring the utmost safety and expertise during high-angle rescues. Additionally, they have 5 Ropes level 1 Operators who provide invaluable support in challenging terrains.

Communication plays a vital role in their operations, and the team is equipped with 13 licensed Amateur Radio Operators (HAM). This network ensures seamless communication during missions, regardless of remote locations or adverse conditions.

The SAR team has a fleet of specialized vehicles at their disposal, including two ATV/UTVs named "Thing 1" and "Thing 2. These versatile vehicles, along with high-clearance 4x4s and snow-capable 4x4s, enable quick and efficient response times, even in the most inaccessible areas.

Skamania County Search and Rescue is more than just a life-saving organization; they also extend their support to extreme events in the community. Year after year, they volunteer their personnel and equipment to provide medical aid and HAM radio support during events like the Bigfoot 200 and the Gambler 500.

By joining Skamania County Search and Rescue, you can make a difference in your community while nurturing your passion for the outdoors. Whether you are an aspiring adventurer or a seasoned explorer, this team will provide the necessary training and guidance to enhance your skills and contribute to their vital mission.

To become a member or learn more about Skamania County Search and Rescue, please visit their website or contact them directly. Your involvement will be the key to saving lives and serving your community.

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