The Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit is a volunteer arm of the Sheriff’s Office, involved in performing the Sheriff’s statutorily mandated function of conducting and coordinating search and rescue operations within the county.
Search and rescue operations are supervised by a sergeant and a deputy assigned as Search and Rescue Coordinators. The Unit is trained by the Sheriff’s Office to provide vital search and rescue services to the second-largest county in the nation, which encompasses approximately 18,600 square miles of diverse and often remote, rugged terrain, from the canyons and deserts of Sedona to the highest point in Arizona, Humphrey’s Peak, with an altitude of 12,633 feet, and the far northern regions of the state. We are primarily a remote area or wilderness team.
Who We Are
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit (CCSSAR) is made up of more than 100 members from every walk of life. We have members of all ages, from their early twenties to eighties, and with varying skills and experience. On our very active team, we have medical professionals, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs volunteering when they are not on duty.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a search and rescue volunteer. If you are ready to contribute your time and skills to SAR, we think you’ll find it one of the most rewarding volunteer commitments you will ever make as you make a difference in the lives of those who need us.
Coconino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Flagstaff Unit, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization, eligible to accept fully tax-deductible donations. Each member of CCSSAR must supply all of his or her own personal equipment, including backpacks, clothing (including uniforms), personal safety gear, personal technical rescue equipment, etc.
Events & News
Read about some of the team’s recent missions and preventive search and rescue (PSAR) events, get tips on how to stay safe in the backcountry, and keep up-to-date on other team news.