KING COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE ASSOCIATION

aka KCSARA   |   Bellevue, WA   |  www.KingCountySAR.org

Mission

KCSARA was organized and became operational on February 1, 1965 as a non-profit, volunteer group. The purpose of the association is to:
•Promote a unified organization of field teams
•Enable an interchange of knowledge and field techniques
•Deploy qualified personnel as required by the mission needs
•Promote education of the public in wilderness safety and recreation
•Promote training and maintain the highest proficiency in search and rescue techniques and operations of the member units
•Promote the education and deployment techniques needed for responses to search and rescue and natural disasters

Ruling year info

1989

President

Jennifer Brenes

Vice President

Nathan Lorance

Main address

Po Box 50721

Bellevue, WA 98015 USA

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EIN

91-1331555

NTEE code info

Search and Rescue Services (M23)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Through our partnership with King County Sheriff's Office and King County Office of Emergency Management, our 600 volunteers serve the community by conducting search and rescue operations as outlined in WAC 118.04. The Washington Office of Outdoor Recreation reports a total of 446 million participant days a year spent on outdoor recreation, resulting in $21.6 billion dollars in annual expenditures. Our search and rescue organizations serve as the safety net when things go wrong.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

KCSARA Member Unit Grants

Direct financial support for KCSARA Member Units in good standing

Population(s) Served
Adults

Core Compliance & Enrichment Training for all field qualified volunteers

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

Direct support of field operations for Search and Rescue activities

Population(s) Served
Adults

Drone search and rescue operations

Population(s) Served
Adults

Psychological First Aid and Responder Resiliency

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

Pre-assembled team who visit trail heads from Issaquah to Snoqualmie Pass during weekends and holidays between the beginning of May through the end of September. The RAD team distributes '10 Essential' cards to the public; providing outdoor safety education, SAR awareness and general information about the area. By staging the RAD team along the I-90 corridor, the team is positioned to quickly respond in the event of a SAR mission, in cooperation with the King County Sheriff and Eastside Fire & Rescue.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

When a call for aid is rendered, we endeavor to have the right resources at the right places at the right time.

Through thoughtful recruitment, training, and planning we are called upon as professional volunteers. This only happens as a result of collaboration, partnerships, and leadership.

King County Search and Rescue organizations have been operating in an organized fashion in King County for over 75 years. We are among the oldest, largest, and busiest in the nation. We have proven to be skilled and careful operators in the field. In addition, we dedicate hundreds of hours annually to public education and awareness of save recreating and best practices.

Our organization has come a long way in the past 6 years as we've seen our calls for assistance increase markedly. In the past 2 years SAR calls have been record-breaking.

Going forward we recognize the need for an SAR headquarters - to train, organize, and protect our assets. A headquarter facility will allow us to meet the growing demands on our SAR organizations and meet the needs of our community.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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KING COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 08/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennifer Brenes

King County Search and Rescue Association

Term: 2018 - 2022

Pat Donka

King County Search and Rescue Association

Stephanie Dewar

King County Search and Rescue Association

Valon Miller

King County Explorer Search and Rescue

Scott Corning

King County 4x4 Search and Rescue

Jen Skiver-Thompson

King County Search Dogs

Erik Olson

King County Ski Patrol Avalance Rescue Team

John McDuff

Pacific Northwest Trackers

Kurt Froelich

Northwest Horseback Search and Rescue

Alan LaBissoniere

Regional Special Vehicles Unit

Gabe Marcus

King County Incident Support Team

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable