West Valley SAR has three general classifications available to its members: Field Members, Support Members and Associate Members. We invite all persons who are interested in joining our team to determine for themselves which classification best suits their interests and abilities.
Field Members are those individuals who have successfully completed the required training to be deployed into the field in various capacities. They are highly skilled in many disciplines of search and rescue and are required to commit an appropriate amount of time for training and missions. These members may be hiking or climbing in challenging environments, providing medical care in the field or supporting command post operations during the course of a mission. Additionally, Field Members are expected to assist with team administrative activities as outlined below for Administrative Members.
Support Members assist the team primarily with command post operations. Theses duties include mapping, transportation, radio communications, mission documentation, manage the staging of equipment and personnel, and many other responsibilities. Like Field Members, Support personnel assist with all the business aspects of the team. Support Members have a significant amount of training required, but less than that of a Field Member.
Associate Members will not be deployed into the field for any assignments. These members help the team with fundraising, public relations, vehicle and equipment upkeep and other business functions. Compared to Field and Support Members, Associate Members have reduced training requirements.