Sheriff: Volunteers needed for search and rescue

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- If you love the outdoors and helping people, then the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is looking for you.

The department is currently recruiting volunteers for their Search and Rescue unit.

The search and rescue team carries out up to 60 missions a year. Many of those missions happen in diverse terrain and in all kinds of weather conditions.

It wouldn't be possible without the help of their search and rescue volunteers. Wayne Stinson, the DCSO Emergency Manager told KPIC News that the volunteers are key in helping the Sheriff's office perform their duties. "We just don't have the resources to pay people to stand by for search and rescue, and also pay during rescue operations or search operations," he said. "So, the volunteers, that is our only option for providing these services to the citizens of Douglas County.

The first training session will be this coming Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the sheriff's office.