Welcome To Base Camp!
King County Explorer Search and Rescue (ESAR) is the
largest of nine units in the King County Search and Rescue Association
(KCSARA). The 100% volunteer organization was founded in 1954 as the
first youth based search and rescue team in the nation. ESAR is the
county's primary ground search and non-technical rescue unit, and
responds to over 60 missions a year in both King County and around
the state of Washington.
All field qualified King County ESAR members have
been trained in rigorous wilderness navigation, map and compass,
outdoor survival, evidence search, and mountain first aid skills.
In addition to providing a team for basic ground search
and rescue, King County ESAR also maintains an advanced technical
rescue team, a mountain bike search team, and a group of county and
state certified Emergency Medical Technicians. Members also are quite
active in the multi-unit Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) team and
the seasonal Rapid Alpine Deployment (RAD) team.
King County ESAR is highly committed to its youth
members, but also welcomes older members as field team members as well
as in various supporting roles.
Information About Joining
Interested in training? Check out the
You can register and get questions answered at the Orientation A's. All you need to do is show up!