Thurston County Wa. Explorer Search and Rescue


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


9521 Tilley Rd. SWOlympia, WA 98512


Becoming a volunteer crew member is a perfect way to give back to the community, stay involved in the outdoors, meet new people, learn new skills and help save lives. We work with the Thurston County Sheriff's Office to conduct missing person searches in rural and urban settings, recovery missions, evidence searches, and flood control operations.

A general orientation meeting is held each year in September. It is a great opportunity to meet crew members and learn about what it takes to become a volunteer with our unit. Training starts the week after orientation, so it is important to communicate with us if you are interested but cannot attend orientation.

Requirements to join:

  • be at least 14 years old at the start of training
  • available to attend two Monday night classroom training sessions (at 7pm) each month: September - April
  • available to attend 5-7 weekend field trainings (some overnights)
Our next general orientation meeting is September 17th, 2018 at 7 pm. Located at the Thurston County Emergency Management building (9521 Tilley Rd. SW, Olympia WA 98512)

‚ÄčNo prior skills or training is required, our annual training program will provide you with all the skills you need.


  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Search & Rescue

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • On-call status

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