Northside of Lake Coeur d'Alene , Kootenai County.
SEARCH AND RESCUE
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has management and oversight of the KCSO Volunteer Search and Rescue Unit. This (VSAR) nonprofit unit is made up of fifty plus sworn volunteer members with various skill sets. VSAR's main focus is on Search Management and ground search efforts, including use of ATVs and snowmobiles. Many of our members are also certified trackers or dog team members.
Each member of the Volunteer Search and Rescue Unit is required to attend an annual Search and Rescue Academy that is taught by its members and members from other Search and Rescue Units. This academy covers multiple areas of search and rescue to include: Navigation, Shelter and Fire building, Clue awareness, Survival Skills, and Search Techniques, to name a few. Once the member has completed the academy, they are able to respond to search and rescue missions throughout the county and region when requested. In addition to the academy, the volunteers are able to attend more advanced training throughout the year, such as: ATV/Motorcycle Operations, Snowmobile Operations, Rope Rescue.
This unit responds to numerous search and rescue incidents both in the backcountry and in the urban areas of Kootenai County. Additionally, the volunteers can be requested to assist other counties with search and rescue operations. They also provide additional security and support during special events such as the annual Kootenai County Fair & Rodeo and the 4th of July celebrations.