Located in central Washington state, 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 other backcountry recreation. And every year, people get hurt, people get lost, and people go missing.

That’s where we come to the rescue.

Originally established as part of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in 2016 CCVSAR became an Incorporated Public Charity in the State of Washington and a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Over the past several years, the CCVSAR membership has worked with deputies during hundreds of search and rescue missions, wild fires, and other large scale incidents.  In 2016 alone, CCVSAR responded to 28 incidents where someone in the backcountry was hurt, lost, or missing, and they needed potentially life-saving help.  Our 60 members volunteered 3282 hours that same year saving tax payers over $77,000.

Training is a key component to the success of the CCVSAR organization.  Members receive monthly training opportunities. The CCVSAR is governed by a Board of Directors which sets our organizational goals and support the needs of our members.  They emphasizes safety and training as primary goals of the organization.