Clackamas County Search & Rescue (CSAR) is a team of dedicated, highly skilled volunteer and law enforcement professionals working together for the safety of the community to locate and rescue missing or injured individuals in both urban and wilderness environments.
'Working Together, So Others May Live'
Who We Are
Formed in 2020, CSAR's core team is made up of experienced professionals with years of Search & Rescue (SAR) experience.
Collectively, they have executed thousands of successful SAR missions.
We are a division of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office — working with other first responders and public safety organizations to locate, safeguard, and rescue both visitors and residents in urban, rural and wilderness environments.
All CSAR members are certified ground searchers. Many also serve on one or more specialty sub-units, including:
- Incident Command
- Canine SAR (Air Scent, Trailing and Human Remains Detection)
- Trail Running Team (for rapid subject locating)
- Technical Rope Rescue (TRR)
- Mobile All-Terrain Vehicle operations (ATV)
- Drone Operations
What We Do
CSAR members stand ready to deploy 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
We operate in all weather conditions, both day and night, anywhere we are needed. We answer the call in both wilderness and urban areas — wherever someone has become injured or gone missing, regardless of the cause.
We train monthly to maintain the required Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA) skillset proficiency standards. Members who also serve on special teams attend additional monthly trainings to maintain their specialty skillset.
CSAR also responds to assist Clackamas County with natural disaster relief, emergency coordination, mass evacuation, and aid delivery.