Nevada Revised Statute (NRS 248.092) Searches and rescues. The Sheriff
is responsible for searches and rescues within his county.
County occupies approximately 6608 square miles in the northwest corner
of Nevada, stretching from just north of Carson City all the way north
to the Oregon border. The southwestern part of the county encompasses a
portion of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe. The northern half
of the county is the western edge of the Black Rock Desert. The Truckee
River cuts through the southern portion of the county from west to
east, turning north at Wadsworth, and terminating at Pyramid Lake.
search and rescue missions in the State of Nevada are the
responsibility of the Sheriff of the county where the search is to be
conducted. Under the Sheriff's command are two full-time employees who
study and oversee all aspects of Search and Rescue in the county. These
two officers, a Sergeant and a Deputy, supervise the teams of
volunteers and act as a liason between the teams and the Washoe County
Sheriff's Office. Currently, there are over 400 volunteers within the
eight officially recognized, privately organized teams. By using SAR
volunteers, the Washoe County Sheriff's office saves the taxpayers of
Washoe County in excess of $500,000 dollars annually.
Washoe County Sheriff's Office also works in cooperation with local
Fire Agencies and the Pyramid Lake Reservation agencies for search and
rescue services. The local BLM Offices are an important asset that work
with the Sheriff's Office on searches in the northern part of the
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office Search and
Resce team program has been nationally recognized for its volunteers'
efforts, training and organization. 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 comprise these 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 (Affiliated Search & Rescue Teams of Washoe County, Nevada)