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Linn County hosts SAR training for teens

The Linn County Sheriff Sheriff’s Office is recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 18, to join the Linn County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in a 10-day summer training program.

This will be the 29th Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 23 through July 2.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the sheriff’s office search and rescue mission should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life saving organization.

There is an application process that includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test.  Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the sheriff’s office on March 13, April 10, or May 8 at 7 p.m. to attend the academy. 

Applicants will need to pass the physical aptitude test on either May 13 or 20. Accepted applicants will be required to attend the pre-academy meeting on June 12. 

At that time, applicants will be eligible to attend the 10-day Linn County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Training Academy in June. The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics.

For more information, contact Emergency Management/SAR Coordinator Ric Lentz at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, 541-967-3950, or visit the Linn County Sheriff’s Office website at  

Online applications are available on the website.

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