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Dear Prospective Member:

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteer! Salt Lake County Search and Rescue is an all-volunteer search and rescue team, and the volunteer members of our team are selected from the community. We accept applications continually. When openings are available on the team, we interview from the applications on file. We conduct these interviews yearly, usually in early spring, and bring new probationary members on in late fall.

As a Search and Rescue organization, maintaining Public Trust is our highest priority. All members are subject to a background check to protect our members and those we serve. Any false or misleading information provided by the volunteer or unsatisfactory background investigation reports are grounds for immediate termination.

Volunteers must be physically fit and able to hike for long distances carrying heavy equipment over varied terrain in all weather conditions. Members are expected to provide their equipment and supplies.

SAR missions are urgent and can happen anytime, night or day, with operational periods lasting 6 to 24 hours. Applicants with dependents and demanding employment or school schedules should consider their home, work, or school schedule flexibility.

We also expect you to view Search and Rescue as a minimum 3-year commitment.

If you would like to become a part of the team but are not interested in the physical requirements of the team, consider becoming part of the Board of Directors.

Requirements

(Please read thoroughly)MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Be at least age 21 years old
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of Salt Lake County
  • Have a valid Utah driver’s license
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a current medical certification (or currently enrolled), e.g., WFR First Responder, NOLS
  • Pass a Salt Lake County physical exam
  • Not have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment in a federal or state penitentiary or an offense involving dishonesty, unlawful sexual conduct, or physical violence.
  • Not used marijuana in the past two years
  • Not unlawfully used, sold, or possessed a controlled substance in the past five years
  • Not have been convicted of a DUI within the previous two years, beginning with the date of conviction to the date of application.

Interview

If your application meets the requirements listed above, you will be contacted for an interview when openings are available in the group. We try to evaluate applicants on their relevant outdoor or rescue experience, their attitude and ability to work within this type of group, their interest level, and their time availability. Experience in rescue, climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, whitewater, diving, or emergency medicine helps but is not required. General outdoor interest, attitude, and sound judgment are the most essential qualities for rescue team members. Joining the group also involves a significant time commitment.

Unfortunately, many otherwise well-qualified people do not have the time or flexibility to respond to calls at unpredictable times. We understand that we are a volunteer group and that commitments to employers and family come first. Still, we do need to include time availability in our evaluation of an applicant. For more detail on this, see the bylaws page and the questions page.

Background Check

If you are selected in the interview process, you will be asked to fill out a comprehensive personal information package, which the UPD will use to conduct the background check. Completing the background check for all applicants usually takes about a month.

Health Physical

Assuming there are no problems with the background check, you will be scheduled for a physical exam. This is not a fitness test, just a medical exam to identify potential major health problems which would place a rescue team member at risk in the backcountry. This step also includes screening for controlled substance abuse.

Probationary Membership

Again – assuming there are no major problems with the physical, you will join Search and Rescue as a probationary member. You will be issued a pager, radio, and other equipment and will participate in rescues. Your role in those rescues will obviously depend on your skills and experience. During this nine-month period, you will be expected to attend at least 66% of all meetings, training, and rescues and to pass our standard yearly physical fitness test. In addition, we teach a class for new members which covers the fundamentals of technical rock rescue and our standard rescue procedures and techniques. As you learn these skills, you can expect to begin taking roles with increasing responsibility during rescues.

Full Membership

At the end of the probationary period, each probationary member’s suitability for the team is evaluated and voted on by the general membership of the team. Typically, some new members discover that their interests lie elsewhere during the probationary period or that the time commitment is more significant than anticipated. Those who remain interested, have maintained the required attendance, and have passed our introductory rescue course and the fitness test are usually approved to become full members.

Please complete the online membership application if you are ready to join the team. Thanks for your interest – We hope to have you on the team.

Online Application

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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 is a timed event 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.


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    TIME COMMITMENT
    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.


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    COMPENSATION
    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 appoint, 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, both in terms of training and missions. The average member puts in over 200 hours per year and many members 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 call outs, 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 in order to be an effective search resource. Many operations will require significantly more agility and strength. Members will be screened to ensure they are able to 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 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 choose to 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 also must be able to operate outside in inclement weather conditions that may include rain, snow, wind ice or hot conditions. Members must possess the ability to tie knots, 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.

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