Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief

Okanogan County Search & Rescue Association

So that others may live!

aka Okanogan County Search and Rescue Council

Okanogan, WA


Our mission is to safe others.

Ruling Year



Larry Gilman

Main Address

Po Box 1344

Okanogan, WA 98840 USA

Formerly Known As

Okanogan County Search and Rescue Council


Search and Rescue





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Search and Rescue Services (M23)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

We provide the sole search and rescue service for the largest and least populated county in Washington state. We have large wilderness and roadless areas that get heavy recreation use from travelers. We need to improve our technology and rescue gear, to provide quicker life-saving services on our search missions. Better GPS, mapping, and protective gear. We want to make our rescue response the best it can be, and always maximize the safety of our team members engaged in the missions. We just converted to a 501c3 organization, because public funds are no longer available to us. Many search and rescue teams are having to do this with the changes in government funding.

Our programs

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Rope Rescue Team

Ground Team

Swift Water Rescue, Dive Team

Where we work

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We want to update our 20-year-old GPS units for better field operation and training use. New technology units allow for mapping and documentation download. We need to equip our search dogs with tracking collars also. We want to provide better uniforms for team recognition and personal protection. We also need to upgrade and modernize our portable power generators and other hardware necessary for our incident command post operations. Our portable radios need to be upgraded soon to current tech abilities.

We are working towards grants or equipment manufacturer sponsorships to fund these upgrades. We do fundraising in our area to cover operating expenses and some equipment purchases.

Our all-volunteer staff is capable of meeting these goals if we can get the needed resources. The equipment is available and there are no engineering problems or hurdles involved.

At present we are working on new fundraising, implementing current fundraising and applying for grants opportunities. We deal with immediate needs and make plans for future equipment acquisitions. As we get gifts, grants, etc., we will implement our plans.

We are receiving a grant to upgrade our technical rescue ropes and hardware. This will replace worn gear and improve our kit to where we can implement a full rescue system that will comply with industry standards. Last year we were able to supply our team members with a Goretex parka, with uniform markings, to provide better personal protection from extreme weather.

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?