Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue has been organized and active within the City and Borough of Sitka since the early 1960’s.  The team is all volunteer and currently has 53 active operational members on the roster. 

The Mission Statement of the team is “Sitka Search and Rescue is a group of volunteers dedicated to providing wilderness safety education to the public, and prompt, professional emergency services for people who are lost, injured, stranded, or in need of rescue.”  You will find that this team is comprised of a group of people who are dedicated to saving lives and serving our citizens.  The team is committed to providing for the highest level of response readiness to any wilderness emergency within the City and Borough of Sitka and Southeast Alaska. 

Sitka SAR has a full Incident Management Team that specializes in land and marine based search management, a K-9 resource that provides track/trail as well as air scent dogs, a Mountain Rescue group that specializes in technical rescue, and clue aware ground searchers that have been trained in all aspects of Search and Rescue.  The team has achieved and maintained full accreditation status in the Mountain Rescue Association.  The team is also certified by the State Department of Health and Social Services as a Basic Life Support / Advanced Life Support ambulance service.  Currently, 30 of the active members are certified to provide either BLS or ALS medical care.  Standing Orders and an expanded scope of practice that cover many of the prolonged transport care treatments that are prominent in our work have been approved by the State of Alaska.

Interested in Joining the Team?


24 hour dispatch phone - 747-3233 (Sitka Fire Department)
Administrative Office: 330 Harbor Drive, Sitka Alaska 99835