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Northwest Horseback Search and Rescue is a volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the State of Washington.   Our operations are authorized by the King County Office of Emergency Management and we work under the direction of the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Our search and rescue members carry out a tradition of helping others by dedicating time, skills and equipment to the relief of suffering, and to the humanitarian cause of saving lives.  

Our members are trained, willing and able to go out at any time in any type of weather (as long as our horses and own safety is not compromised) to search for lost or missing persons, and to aid and assist them. If required, we are trained and equipped to physically transport them to safety either by litter or on horseback.

Our volunteers pay for and maintain their own horses, trucks and trailers and self-deploy when called by responsible authority to help with a lost, missing or injured person.

Northwest Horseback Search and Rescue volunteers operate as emergency workers under the legal authority of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and the Washington Administrative Code (WAC).  


*******Please note some pictures indicate inaccurate reflection of present NWHSAR policies. They were changed after these pictures were taken. No cotton during missions or trainings, this includes jeans. Filson clothing company's weather resistant jackets and pants are the only exception.  Helmets must be worn while riding, there are no exceptions.*******

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