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Mobile Unit - Mason County Search & Rescue

Information on our mobile search teams
Who are they?

Mason County Search and Rescue's Mobile Unit is comprised of street-legal four-wheel-drive vehicles and ORVs, capable of searching back roads and trails.

MCSAR Mobile Unit
What do they do?

The Mobile Unit provides extended range and flexibility during SAR operations, acting as primary search elements, communication relays, and equipment and personnel transports. The Mobile Unit often scouts back roads and trails to help operations personnel plan extended ground searches by reporting on field conditions, ingress and egress routes and other conditions which may affect the overall search effort.

The 4x4 member vehicles are equipped for a variety of tasks, with winches, tow straps, cutting equipment, enhanced first-aid supplies and communications gear at the ready to tackle any need that might arise.

MCSAR ATV Training

Generally used as off-road assets, ORVs perform detailed hasty searches of trail systems and terrain that isn't well-suited to searching on foot. ORVs are capable of providing stable personnel transport for SAR team members as well as injured or exhausted search subjects and excel at moving equipment and supplies between base camps and forward operating areas. Our enduro motorcycles move quickly and efficiently, and can provide search coverage in much tighter technical areas than ATVs or 4x4 units can handle. Both groups are equipped with navigation and communications equipment that allows them to relay field conditions and geographic considerations to operations personnel, ensuring a safe, coordinated search plan.

What kind of training is required?

All Mobile unit members attend the SAR Academy and advance to specialized field training during the summer. ORV training is a two day campout that includes a classroom session and field skills tests. The skills tests cover slow speed drills, technical maneuvers and practicing search techniques while riding as well as radio communications and conducting mock searches in which an injured subject must be "packed out".

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