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Volunteering with search and rescue is a great way to serve the community. SARCOM is a great place for people with interests in radio communications, emergency management, searching for missing persons, or simply helping others. In order to become a member of SARCOM, you must meet the requirements below and successfully complete the application process.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must pass a police background check.
  • Must possess a current and valid driver's license.
  • Must have an interest in radio communications and providing support to the public during emergencies.
  • Must be willing to obtain personal survival equipment over time.

Required Training

  • Must become first aid, CPR, and AED certified.
  • Must successfully complete the FEMA ICS 100 and 700 courses.
  • Must successfully complete the Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) SAR academy and Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA) SAR certification.

Desired Skills

  • Possess an amateur radio (ham) license, or express an interest in obtaining a ham license.

Application Process

  1. Contact us! Introduce yourself and explain why you want to join the team.
  2. Complete a MCSO volunteer application and supplemental questionnaire and return them to SARCOM.
  3. Attend the MCSO SAR academy.
  4. Serve as a member on probation for six months.

Maintaining Membership

  • Serve a minimum of 30 hours per year.
  • Participate in searches, trainings, and community events.