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In Washoe County, visitors and residents alike benefit from the emergency search and rescue services, for which there are no fees, due to the dedication and commitment of the hundreds of search and rescue volunteers who are comprised of 5 specialized teams. Though they work side by side, these specialized teams each have very specific responsibilities during a search and rescue mission. Please take some time to visit our specialized teams’ homepages on the navigation bar to find out more about what they offer. Some of the WCSAR volunteer teams and programs have been nationally recognized for our volunteers’ efforts, training and organization.
The squadron is funded by membership dues and contributions. We also receive donations and grants from individuals and charitable organizations. If you would like to help please DONATE below.
All volunteers must attend at least three squadron meetings, be nominated by a current member, meet with a review board and submit to a background investigation. All new members must complete a SAR (Search & Rescue) Orientation class conducted by the Sheriff's office. Applicants must be willing and able to respond to search requests at inconvenient times and be able to report for duty within a matter of minutes. These are just a few of the requirements. Please contact us below for more information if you are interested in applying.
WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR PILOTS WITH AIRCRAFT
If you are interested in applying with our unit and are a pilot with a plane, please contact us below.
The primary mission of the Washoe County Sheriff's Air Squadron is aerial search for lost, overdue or missing people and property. Large areas of Washoe County are searched in conjunction with other volunteer search units and members of the Sheriff's staff. Combined efforts between air and ground search units have proven highly effective in locating people and property.
Special requirements for search pilots, in addition to owning a suitable search aircraft; include a minimum of 500 hours as pilot in command, possess a valid private pilot's certificate, have a current flight review, a current medical certificate, and be current in the aircraft to be flown. Pilot candidates meeting these requirements must satisfactorily complete a check ride with a designated Squadron Check Pilot. The check ride will include instruction in search techniques and squadron flight procedures. The flight will be conducted in the pilot candidate's fully airworthy and insured aircraft. Recurrent flight training (a check ride) must be obtained annually with a Squadron Check Pilot in addition to participating in periodic training flights.