Utah County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team
Utah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team was formed in 1991 to fill an ever increasing need for specialized and technical search and rescue in the backcountry of Utah County. As the county grew, and more and more people were recreating in the backcountry, the team evolved to provide responses to all types of emergencies.
The UCSO SAR team is an all-volunteer team comprised of an emergency physician, trauma nurses, paramedics, and EMT’s working under the direction of the Utah County Sheriff. Members come from all walks of life, work in all types of occupations, and not only volunteer their time for search and rescue calls, but also train multiple times a month. The team is on-call 24/7/365 and responds to over 110 calls per year. Frequently, members must leave their jobs, school, and other responsibilities to respond to calls for assistance.
UCSO SAR team members are trained in all aspects of rescue emergencies, including technical rock and ice rescue, avalanche rescue, dive recovery and open and swift water rescue in addition to rescue training for all the types of environments Utah County offers: caves, confined spaces, high elevations, and deserts. The team is capable of tracking downed aircraft and has an active K9 search team. In addition, many members are certified rescue divers and swift water rescue technicians – all in addition to their advanced medical training.
Life Flight’s medical teams have worked with the volunteers in Utah County for many years and appreciate the extraordinary dedication and commitment they have to Utah’s citizens. Utah County is fortunate to have one of the finest and most professional search and rescue organizations in the Intermountain West serving their community.
- Jim Tracy - Sheriff
- Jared Hansen - Commander
- Sergeant Tom Hodgson – Liaison