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Youth Search and Rescue training applications open

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

This will be the 30th Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 21 through July 1.

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. The life skills and mentorship of the staff have been an invaluable experience for past SAR members. Many have gone on to become full-time employees.

There is an application process that includes oral board interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the Sheriff’s office on April 8 or May 6 at 7 p.m., and a mandatory meeting on June 10 at 7 p.m. to attend the academy. 

Additionally, recruits must complete an online first aid and CPR training course provided by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office by June 15. Recruits must attend an in-person CPR/First Aid skills class on Saturday, June 15. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the Search and Rescue Training Academy. 

The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics.

(Must attend at least one)

Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. to noon and Saturday May 18, 8 a.m. to 12 noon

Depart the Sheriff’s Office promptly at 0800 hours. Return at approximately 1200 hours.

Equipment: Recruits will need to wear clothes for the weather and comfortable boots (bring a water bottle). Lunch is provided.


The online portion must be completed prior to the Skills Day, Saturday, June 15, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Albany.


After completing all required elements of the application process, recruits will be notified by one of the Search and Rescue Team Leaders if they have been selected to attend the SAR Training Academy. 

Academy dates are not negotiable, and attendance is required. The academy runs June 21 through July 1, 2024. For information about the program contact Emergency Management Coordinator Ric Lentz at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, 541-812-2274. 

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