Deschutes County Search & Rescue Foundation

Mission Reports

Our Mission

The mission of the Foundation is to increase resources, raise funds, and promote public awareness in support of search and rescue volunteer activities conducted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

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Mountain Rescue Unit

Featured SAR Team

In the vast Deschutes County wilderness there are many inaccessible and dangerous places to get lost or injured.  The Mountain Rescue Unit (MRU) covers mountainous snow, rock, glacial terrain, caves and technical rock climbing routes.

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Search and Rescue Speakers Bureau

SAR Speakers Bureau

The SAR Foundation Board schedules presentations to schools, organizations and businesses. Please contact us if you would like our SAR team volunteers to present to your group.

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Support Search and Rescue, Bend Oregon

Support SAR

Please consider donating to the Deschutes County Search and Rescue Foundation. Our efforts directly support the men and women who save lives and keep Central Oregon safe.

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Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!

The mission of the Foundation is to increase resources, raise funds, and promote public awareness in support of search and rescue volunteer activities conducted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Your contributions and support are important and allow us to keep saving lives throughout Deschutes County. We appreciate your kindness and would like to share with you the Donor Bill of Rights.
One of the principle missions of the Deschutes County Search and Rescue Foundation is to provide funds to supplement the Sheriff’s Office budget to support the Search and Rescue volunteers by helping to fund training, and provide necessary equipment and food for search and rescue missions. In 2014 the Foundation provided the following support:

TRAINING

AIARE Level 1 Instructor Training – $745
AIARE Level 1 Instructor Training – $585
AIARE Level 2 Instructor Training – $585
AIARE Level 3 Instructor Training – $1700
AIARE Recertification – $310
International Snow Science Conference – $498
Swiftwater Rescue Training – $1225
Swiftwater Recovery Training – $790
Swiftwater Lifeguard Class – $280
Water and Rope Rescue Training – $730
Participation in SARCON Conference – $199
First Aid/CPR Instructor Costs – $140
American Mountain Guide Training – $600
SAR Academy – $540

SAR EQUIPMENT

Various Equipment for SAR Teams – $3100
Medical Kits – $1000
Operations Software License – $660
Terrain Navigator (Mapping) Fee – $248
SAR Director Software License Fee – $650
Misson Food – $800

OTHER

Police Chaplaincy Donation – $1000
SAR Special Recognition Awards – $1315

Total SAR Support – $17,700

President: George Nutwell
Secretary: Monica Melkonian
Treasurer: Patty Hedges
Fundraising: Karen Lite
Speaker’s Bureau: Barry Hebert
Board Member: Mark Tuttle
Board Member: Cindy Armstrong
Special Resource: Carol Sanner, Carrie Hebert,
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So Others May Live

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