The State of Washington utilizes a program known as the
Emergency Worker Program (WAC 118-04) to protect volunteers during
Search and Rescue (SAR) activities. This program is administered by your
local Emergency Management entity and provides coverage for personal
injury and damaged property to the volunteer. To be covered, a
volunteer must be registered as an emergency worker with a county within
Washington State. The preference is to have people registered
prior to an incident (this ensures all paperwork is in place, including
a background check). When specialized personnel are needed, which
are not already registered, provisions can be made to register them at
the scene. While this is possible, every attempt will be made to
use volunteers which are already registered.
Questions and Answers:
Question: I am a member of the Okanogan
County Sheriff's SAR team, do I need to be an
Answer: Yes. If you participate in SAR
operations, you need to become a registered Emergency Worker.
Question: I have already completed my
Okanogan County Sheriff's SAR Application.
Do I need to complete more paperwork to become a registered Emergency
Answer: Yes. It requires completion of a state form.
It is real quick and only takes two minutes to fill out.
Question: I was used on a SAR
and used a lot of fuel. Can I get that reimbursed?
Answer: Possibly. There is a high likelihood that
you can be reimbursed. Contact Okanogan County SAR Coordinator to find out
Question: I lost some of my personal
equipment on a SAR. Is that reimbursable?
Answer: Yes. If it was your personal equipment and it
was lost on a SAR with a state mission number, then the chances are it
can be reimbursed. Contact Okanogan County SAR Coordinator to find out
Question: I am a volunteer, do I need to
pass the NIMS Course?
Answer: Yes, you must complete IS-700, NIMS, An
Introduction and ICS-100, Introduction to ICS. Deadline September
here for Emergency Worker Applications!