Skagit County Explorer Search and Rescue


Skagit County Explorer Search and Rescue (ESAR) is a volunteer based, community oriented Rescue unit that has been saving lives for over 35 years. ESAR provides irreplaceable services to Skagit County and Washington State. Overseen by the Skagit County Sheriff's Office, ESAR has become the backbone of the Search and Rescue community in Skagit County.

The primary mission of Skagit County Explorer SAR is the location, treatment, and evacuation of lost and injured persons that are in locations or situations outside of the capability of conventional rescue services. Although wilderness searching for lost hunters, hikers, and recreationers makes up the bulk of our callouts, we are trained to respond to many different types of incidents. We are called to evacuate injured climbers on Mount Baker; assist in flood fighting efforts around the county; locate crucial evidence in homicide cases for local Law Enforcement; as well as other types of incidents.

We are now accepting new members!

Skagit County Explorer Search and Rescue is always looking for new members.It takes a lot of people and resources to effectively run a Search and Rescue mission. Because of this we need people willing to volunteer their time to do everything from doing work on our web site, helping with administrative duties, transporting teams, working on vehicles, cooking and taking care of gear to people that are willing to go into the wilderness and recue people.

If you are interested in applying , fill out an application, and attend any one of our general meetings held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 7pm at our Search and Rescue Command Center (map and directions below). You MUST be able to pass a background check from the Skagit County Sheriff's Office to be considered for membership.

 Skagit County Explorer SAR Membership Application (in PDF format)

Map of Search and Rescue Command Center @ 11525 Knudson Rd, Burlington

We have an open door policy to the public. We welcome you to attend a meeting and see what Skagit County Explorer SAR is all about.

Contact Information


11525 Knudson Road
           Burlington, WA 98233

E-Mail Contacts

General Information -

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