RSCU Search and Rescue

The Pacific Northwest offers such a wide array of geographic areas to explore. You can head west to the Ocean, east to the Rocky Mountains, southeast to the Oregon desert and north to remote areas along the Canadian border. In between you have Puget Sound, the Willamette Valley, the Cascade Mountains, several national parks, designated wilderness areas, lakes, mountain streams, volcanic peaks and so much more on which to recreate.

The recreational opportunities you can enjoy are practically endless. There is hiking, biking, mountain climbing, ATVing, fishing, hang gliding, skiing, bouldering, boating, snowmobiling, Geocaching and white water rafting to name a few.

But what happens when you twist an ankle, become lost, your bike breaks, you are caught in a freak storm, stuck above a cliff or become hypothermic during a storm (etc.) when you are far from your vehicle?

Regardless of where you travel or the activities you enjoy in the Pacific Northwest, there are state and county organized search and rescue units ready to respond when the need arises.

Search and Rescue units are typically non-profit organizations working in conjunction with the local sheriff’s office. They consist of 100% volunteers and are funded solely by donations. The highly trained volunteers (who spend countless hours in the classroom and field learning/training) stand ready to respond to a wide variety of emergency operations including searches for lost people, first aid and evacuation of injured hikers, climbers, avalanche victims and high-angle technical rescues.

Please consider donating to the search and rescue unit in your area or where you recreate on a regular basis when RVing.

RSVU logoThe MHRV Show Association (producer of the annual Seattle RV Show and Puyallup RV Show) once again donated over $2,500 to RSVU (Regional Special Vehicles Unit), a search and rescue unit located in Western Washington. This amount was used to insure the unit truck which hauls required equipment and personnel to search and rescue command posts.

RSVU specializes in mobile (ATV’s and Snowmobiles) search and rescue operations in terrain that is not navigable by conventional vehicles. With roots in mobile, mountain and ground searches, they have a team of rescuers, communications and wilderness specialists to assist in active rescue, search and/or recovery missions. RSVU operates in close affiliation with the King County Sheriffs Office under the jurisdiction of Washington State’s Office of Emergency Management. RSVU stands ready to deploy anywhere across the State of Washington.


Search & Rescue In Terrain Not Navigatable by Conventional Mobile Units

The mission statement of RSVU: “To assist any federal, state, local, public or private agency, organization or person in time of need. So others may live!” RSVU wants to be able to provide assistance and disaster relief to any person who needs help, no matter what the circumstances are. RSVU currently provides aid ranging from lost and injured hikers rescue, lost dementia patients, lost teens and children and other disastrous circumstances requiring the insertion of professional rescue resources into any type of terrain. We share a common goal with all other SAR organizations, “To save lives!”


RSVU Searching for Missing Person

A few of the missions RSVU responded to in the last year include rescuing injured hikers in the Mackworth Forest, sending tracked ATVs to Kittitas County to assist with an avalanche rescue, searching for a missing hiker on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River and rescuing cold and disoriented snowshoers near Naches Pass. In addition to search and rescue operations, RSVU provides support for area parades and festivals, marathons using the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail (formerly known as the Iron Horse/John Wayne Trail) and National Night Out to name a few.


RSVU supporting local festival

If you would like to join MHRV in supporting RSVU you can do so on this page of their website.

Your donation will help save a life, maybe your own!

Dave Helgeson
Author: Dave Helgeson
Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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