WORK AND EDUCATION
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Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue requires its team members to complete an annual physical fitness test. This consists of a 1.5-mile hike with an altitude gain of 1800 vertical feet, carrying a 20-pound backpack. This event is timed and must be completed in 50 minutes or less. The location is the Tolcat trail on Mount Olympus. The distance is from the trailhead to the stream crossing.
Salt Lake County Search and Rescue is a commitment that should not be taken lightly. Please read this carefully and reflect on your ability to dedicate a large portion of your free time to the team. Callouts, training and special events will take you away from friends, family and work, free time often at inconvenient times. Our team averages around 80 callouts per year in addition to our regular meeting and trainings. Probationary members are required to maintain a 66% attendance at all meeting, training, and callouts. After probation, this requirement drops to 50%. Callouts can be day or night, at a moment’s notice, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our missions average 4-6 hours but can last much longer or even days. Our members should have the ability to leave on a moment’s notice from work, school and family events. Many members invest hundreds of hours of volunteer time in any given year.
EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS
Many of our operations occur in the evenings and on weekends. You must be available and prepared to respond at all times.
Members of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Volunteer Search & Rescue team are asked to make a significant sacrifice of their personal time away from family and work. In addition, members have historically spent up to $500.00 during their first two years on the team to obtain proper equipment and clothing. (The exact amount will depend on what gear you already own). All of our members are volunteers. There is no pay for training or responding to missions.
By clicking submit, I certify that I meet the minimum requirements and that information in this form is truthful. If appointed, I understand I must be a resident of Salt Lake County and that I must pass a criminal background check and a Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office Background Check.
Again, we urge you to carefully consider the time and fitness commitments SAR requires before submitting your application. Search & Rescue is a highly demanding volunteer experience in terms of training and missions. The average member puts in over 200 hours annually and may exceed 400 hours annually.
Acknowledgement of Commitment and Physical Requirements:
Members of the Search & Rescue unit are the first responders for search emergencies and are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. While it is understood that school, work, sport teams, and family commitments are priorities, I am willing to make every effort to respond to incident callouts, even when it means I must leave or not attend a planned event.
I understand that I may be called or paged for a search when I may be at work, school or any hour, day or night. I understand that I will need to provide all of my own personal equipment and basic gear. I also recognize I am committing to at least two years of active participation in SAR.
Physical regulations have been designed to outline the minimum level of physical ability a member must possess to be an effective search resource. Many operations will require significantly more agility and strength. Members will be screened to ensure they can perform operations beyond minimum requirements.
For many people, volunteering for search and rescue is a rewarding and fun experience, but it’s important to recognize it also can be difficult. Search and rescue (SAR) missions sometimes involve crime scenes, finding or assisting in the recovery of human remains, providing medical assistance to severally injured persons, and other difficult circumstances. SAR members may also interact with family members or friends of the subject of a SAR mission who are very emotional. The team offers support to members to help them process and cope with difficult situations and members can select out of assignments if necessary. SAR missions can be emotionally challenging, and it’s important for people who volunteer for SAR to be confident that they feel emotionally resilient enough for the work and have good mental health.
All members must be able to travel across steep, slippery, and uneven surfaces (e.g. rocks, grass, brush, snow, ice, and dense vegetation) in adverse weather conditions (e.g. extreme cold, extreme heat, rain, and fog). Members must also be able to operate outside in inclement weather conditions, including rain, snow, wind, ice, or hot conditions. Members must be able to tie knots and handle ropes and technical rescue equipment within a specified timeframe set by the training coordinator. All members also must be able to work in the above conditions in complete darkness assisted by flashlights/headlamps.