Who we are

Operations Support Unit is a group of volunteers that support the rest of Snohomish county Volunteer Search and Rescue.

Our Mission Statement:

Operations Support Unit is part of the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue non-profit that serves all of Snohomish County and assists surrounding counties when needed. Our mission is to help bring lost or missing persons home, as well as assist the Snohomish County Sheriff in other needed operations by facilitating the command, paperwork, and communications as well as personnel support needed for successful missions by other specialized units.

Our volunteers spend countless hours on an average of 80 missions per year. Missions include: lost hikers, children, hunters, climbers, Alzheimer's victims, missing aircraft, river and lake rescues, and assisting other agencies throughout Snohomish County and the Puget Sound area.

Snohomish county Volunteer Search and Rescue never charges for its rescue services. Our operation is mainly funded by private donations.

Operations Support Unit provides command, coordination, communications, and hospitality assistance to Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and the Snohomish Country Department of Emergency Management when those agencies request us. We help with search and rescue work, but are also called on to assist with natural disaster management. We are always on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.