KCSO VSAR is grateful for the support of the Recreation Division and the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in providing the majority of the Team’s rescue equipment cache and transport vehicles. The team has also received equipment donations from local businesses.
The team has a dedicated enclosed SAR Command Post trailer which houses computers, rescue equipment, radios, GPS units, emergency lighting, a generator and other required supplies. This unit is always ready on stand-by and is used on all call-outs. Through the Sheriff’s Office, the team also has access to a mobile command center and additional equipment which can be called into operation in the event of a major incident. The team’s operations personnel call upon the Spokane County Sheriff MedStar and the Rescue Coordination Center helicopters to assist in search, transportation and subject evacuation roles if conditions warrant. KCSO VSAR conduct joint training exercises with MedStar Helicopters yearly to optimize response capabilities.
Inspections, cleaning and basic maintenance of the team’s equipment is all handled by KCSO VSAR members. Routine service maintenance on the vehicles is performed through the Sheriff’s Office, at the SO maintenance facility.
Although not a requirement, many of the team members own and maintain their own gear, ropes, harnesses, ATV’S, Snowmobiles, and radios.