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Search & Rescue

For the life of the lost

If You Have An Emergency

Call 911 for Assistance

Pierce County Search & Rescue

No matter the terrain, we are here to help

Our Mission

We are an all-volunteer mobile search and rescue unit based in Pierce County, Washington. From sea level on the Puget Sound to Mt. Rainer we cover a diversity of urban, rural and true wilderness in an area 1800 square miles. We volunteer under the direction of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, but are available to respond by request from any other counties in the state to support law enforcement agencies. The 4×4’s were formed in 1984 by members of ground SAR that recognized the need for a transportation and mobile SAR resource. Since formation the unit has evolved skills and techniques, expanded duties, and branched out our mobility. Using skills originally developed for ground SAR teams our techniques have been honed for the mobile SAR world. Beyond SAR we actively support Pierce County Emergency Management with logistical support when needs arise. In recent years we have expanded beyond street legal all-wheel drive vehicles to include ATV/UTV, dual sport motorcycles, snowmobiles, and a SnoCat. Along with being all volunteer we are a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Our funding comes from donations, grants, and members.

Unit Resources

All-Wheel Drive Vehicles

All-Wheel Drive Vehicles

Our primary resource is member’s use of their all-wheel drive vehicles for search & rescue missions. The mobility provided in a variety of conditions and road surfaces enhances the ability of the unit to assist law enforcement and other organizations. Training is the foundation of being prepared when called upon. This starts with classroom and field training in SAR techniques, mapping, safe use of vehicle, communications and much more. Also available is the Winter Driving Course which provides for gaining advanced skills for driving in extreme weather conditions. Advanced First Aid and other courses are available on regular bases to the volunteer.

ATV/Dual Sport

ATV/Dual Sport

Very often when called to a search the use of all-terrain vehicles and dual sport motorcycles makes it possible to gain access to more difficult terrain or locations. As such the unit provides training so that the member has the option to assist with these auxiliary vehicles. Members are able to use their personal or 4×4 Unit vehicles upon completion of the course.

Tracked Vehicles

Tracked Vehicles

With much of Pierce County in the higher elevations of the Cascade Mountains where access is limited to snowmobiles, tracked quads or Snow Cats for the winter portion of the year the unit is often called out on missions where these are put to use. Here too the option to use personal or 4×4 Unit vehicles provides for the unit to be prepared for all seasons. After the initial training the members recertify within two years to stay up on their skills.

Join Us

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Email us at info@pcsar4x4.org

 

Interested in putting your experience to use volunteering with the Search & Rescue 4×4 unit? Would like to find out more? Please join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm for our general meeting. You will have the opportunity to meet the members and hear of the activities taking place. This is also a good time to ask questions and learn of the opportunities ahead.

4×4 Unit General Meeting takes place at:

Pierce County Dept. of Emergency Management
2501 S. 35th St. Suite D
Tacoma, WA 98409

 

Contact The Team

Pierce County Dept of Emergency Management
Attn: PC SAR 4×42501 S. 35th St. Suite D
Tacoma, WA 98409

Email: info@pcsar4x4.org

Contact Form

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December 4, 2019
  • 4x4 Unit Board Meeting

    December 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, 2501 S 35th St, Tacoma, WA 98409, USA

    Monthly board meeting.

    See more details

December 11, 2019
  • 4x4 General Meeting

    December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Pierce County Department of Emergency Mngt.

    Monthly meeting for all members and guest.

    See more details

January 1, 2020
  • 4x4 Unit Board Meeting

    January 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, 2501 S 35th St, Tacoma, WA 98409, USA

    Monthly board meeting.

    See more details

January 8, 2020
  • 4x4 General Meeting

    January 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Pierce County Department of Emergency Mngt.

    Monthly meeting for all members and guest.

    See more details

February 5, 2020
  • 4x4 Unit Board Meeting

    February 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, 2501 S 35th St, Tacoma, WA 98409, USA

    Monthly board meeting.

    See more details

February 12, 2020
  • 4x4 General Meeting

    February 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Pierce County Department of Emergency Mngt.

    Monthly meeting for all members and guest.

    See more details

March 4, 2020
  • 4x4 Unit Board Meeting

    March 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, 2501 S 35th St, Tacoma, WA 98409, USA

    Monthly board meeting.

    See more details

March 11, 2020
  • 4x4 General Meeting

    March 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Pierce County Department of Emergency Mngt.

    Monthly meeting for all members and guest.

    See more details

April 1, 2020
  • 4x4 Unit Board Meeting

    April 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, 2501 S 35th St, Tacoma, WA 98409, USA

    Monthly board meeting.

    See more details

April 8, 2020
  • 4x4 General Meeting

    April 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Pierce County Department of Emergency Mngt.

    Monthly meeting for all members and guest.

    See more details

May 6, 2020
  • 4x4 Unit Board Meeting

    May 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, 2501 S 35th St, Tacoma, WA 98409, USA

    Monthly board meeting.

    See more details

May 13, 2020
  • 4x4 General Meeting

    May 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Pierce County Department of Emergency Mngt.

    Monthly meeting for all members and guest.

    See more details