Joining Us:

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. Many of our members have been with the unit for years, even decades, and we always welcome new members to the team. 


 Your first step is to fill out the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Application for Search and Rescue. Once your application has been submitted to the Sheriff’s Office, your information will be screened. If the application is approved, you will be invited to attend an orientation and the annual New Member Academy. Academy courses are mandatory and must be completed before you will be placed on call and able to go on a mission. The $100 orientation fee must be paid in full prior to the start of the Academy. In addition, there is a physical requirement for all SAR members, who must be able to complete a two-mile hike with a 25-pound pack.

  • SAR members pay annual dues of $25 and must commit to:

  • Serve at least 50 hours per calendar year, including SAR mission time, training, maintenance of facilities and equipment, meetings, events and more;

  • Participate in a minimum of 4 missions per year;

  • Complete at least two 2 trainings per year;

  • Maintain mission readiness with ongoing certification in personal safety, map, and compass, GPS and ATV operation.

2022 Academy - Important Info

The Application Period for the 2022 Academy is now open. Applications will close on February 4th at the close of business that day. Applications can be submitted in the following manner:

  • Drop at the front desk of the Sheriffs office during normal business hours.

  • Email to

  • Mail to 911 East Sawmill Road - Flagstaff, AZ, 86001 "ATTN: SAR - SGT. A. DICK"

Please note that in order to Apply to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit, you must...

  • Be at least 18 years old,

  • Be a resident of Coconino County for 6 months of the year,

  • Not have any felony arrests or convictions.


If your application is approved, the applicant will be invited to participate in a mandatory Information Session on either Wednesday, February 23rd at 6:30pm, or Saturday, March 5th at 9:00am


The 2022 SAR Academy schedule is as follows:

  • March 26: SAR Academy I - Policy/Procedure

  • March 27: SAR Academy II-Personal Safety/Risk Management/Resiliency/Leadership and Followership

  • April 2: SAR Academy IIIA- Map and Compass classroom and selected practical field instruction

  • April 3: SAR Academy IIIB- Map and Compass Field Exercise

  • April 9: SAR Academy IV - GPS

  • April 10: SAR Academy V - Communications Equipment and Technology

  • April 23: SAR Academy VI - Tracking

  • April 24: SAR Academy VII - Search Theory/Tactics and Low Angle Rescue

  • April 30: SAR Academy VIII - ATV/UTV/Humvee/Trailer

  • May 1: SAR Academy IX- Pack Check


Depending on the status of COVID-19 at the scheduled time of the academy, the date(s), time(s), delivery, and format may change. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office reserves the right to change, modify, and or cancel the Academy at any time.

For more information, download our membership brochure below.