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Family stuff: Welcome to Birds from Our Windows! We are two armchair birders -- a mother and daughter who love to watch birds, but don't often have the time to do more than simply take note of what's just outside the window. Pictures being worth thousands of words, these are our stories.


The purpose of Friends of SAR is to support the mission of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Search & Rescue Division, and to heighten public education and awareness about the Search and Rescue. The Corporation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Patrol SEARCH & RESCUE is an all volunteer, non-profit, apolitical organization funded entirely by donations (not by taxes). The Sheriff is responsible for every search in Josephine County under ORS 401; therefore, every active member of this organization is deputized. Prospective applicants must be responsible, solid citizens who work well with others.

SAR members come from all walks of life and range in age from 18 to 80 years. Each active member assembles and maintains his own personal equipment. Search & Rescue is equipped and trained to conduct a well-organized search in all weather conditions and all types of terrain. The members respond to call-outs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost to the county and have been doing so for more than 40 years.

Search & Rescue members all receive training in search tactics, navigation, communication, and survival skills. For those with the interest, skills, and energy for more specialized training, there are also several specialty teams they may join that require additional training. Examples of these special teams are the Swift Water Rescue Team, Dive Team, Mountain Rescue Team, Snow Rescue Team, K-9 Team, Equine Posse, and Radio/ARPS Team.


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