Backcountry Search & Rescue

Central Washington State

Emergency? Call 911

Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue (CCVSAR) is a volunteer organization and a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. From our base of operations in Wenatchee, each year we respond to dozens of missing and injured person calls in the backcountry wilderness and recreational areas of central Washington.

Our Mission

1. Train for and respond to Search & Rescue emergencies to rescue the lost, injured and missing in both urban and wilderness locations.

2. Train for and respond to natural and manmade disasters to locate and rescue the injured, trapped and missing.

3. Conduct evacuations during wildfires.

4. Educate the public on backcountry safety and emergency preparedness.

Support Us

Our 60 members volunteered 3,282 hours in 2016, saving taxpayers over $77,000. Our funding for equipment, training, and incident response comes from donations from people like you. Please support CCVSAR with your donation today.



Become a member and be part of our team! New volunteers are always welcome. We have full-time jobs elsewhere, and it is understood that we volunteer when available. The more people we have, the better coverage we’ll have for searches at all times of day or night!


Be Safe

Chelan County is home to world-class mountains and rivers, along with hundreds of miles of backcountry trails. Every year thousands of people from around the world visit for climbing, rafting, hiking, and backcountry recreation.

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