Helping Others

All volunteer, non-profit, 4x4 Search & Rescue unit located in Thurston County, WA 

How To Join

Our unit is 100% VOLUNTEER! 

If you live in Thurston County, own a 4×4 and want to help those in need, click below to learn more.

How To Help

We are funded solely through grants and donations.

We are a non-profit 501c3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Our History

Our unit has been serving Thurston County since 1973.

For over 40 years, our volunteers have helped our community stay safe.

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Heading out this weekend? Go prepared and remember to bring your essentials.

Navigation - map, compass, GPS
Personal protective equipment - Hat, safety gear(depending on your activities), sunscreen
Insulation - extra non-cotton layers
Illumination - headlamp, flashlight, batteries
First aid supplies - include personal medications
Emergency fire - lighter, storm matches, tinder
Repair kit and tools - pocket knife, hatchet and/or fixed blade, items vary by activity.
Nutrition - enough for the outing and some high calorie extras
Hydration - full container, secondary means of purification
Emergency shelter - whatever works for your system's
Communications - phone, spare battery or means to charge

Be safe!
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Be safe everyone!Washington State Parks has released its list of parks to reopen Tuesday, May 5, for local day-use recreation only. The reopening will apply to state-managed parks, wildlife areas, recreation land and boat launches. However, it may take several days for gates to be unlocked and sites to be serviced at remote areas due to limited staff capacity. Some parks may not open immediately due to impacts on rural communities and the potential for crowding. State Parks is working with local communities and its partners to determine the best approach and timing to reopening these areas. View the open state parks here:

Access to other state lands are also open via Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Find out more at

For more on fishing and hunting seasons, what’s open and what’s not, read this post:

State Parks will delay the opening of some areas beyond May 5, including all ocean beach parks and those along the Columbia River Gorge. Parks is working with local communities, natural resource agencies and our partners in Oregon to determine the appropriate timing for reopening these areas. No specific timeline has been identified for opening these park areas.

State Parks will also take steps to reduce parking capacity at some urban locations such as Lake Sammamish, Saint Edward and Dash Point by limiting parking. Reducing the number of parking stalls available will help decrease the number of people who can access the parks at one time, minimizing crowds.

Visitors are asked to:
▶️ Plan Ahead - While many state-managed land destinations are open for day-use, other local and federal lands may still be closed. Pack your lunch and get gas before you go, don’t make unnecessary stops to or from your destination. Do not carpool with people other than your immediate household. If you are sick, stay home.
▶️ Come Prepared - Visitors may find reduced or limited restroom services as staff begin the process to reopen facilities. Bring your own soap, water, hand sanitizer and toilet paper with you. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you find yourself near others with a mask or other facial covering.
▶️ Stay Close to Home - This is not the time to travel long distances to recreate. If your destination is crowded, be prepared to go somewhere else or come back at another time. Also, make sure to enjoy the outdoors with your immediate household members only. Recreation with those you don’t live with creates new avenues for transmission.
▶️ Don’t Take Unnecessary Risks - Health care workers and first responders are working really hard right now to keep us safe during this health crisis. This includes not attending or hosting gatherings like cookouts or barbeques.
▶️ Practice Physical Distancing and Good Hygiene - Keep six feet between you and those outside your immediate household. Launch one boat at a time to give others enough space to launch safely. Leave at least one parking space between your vehicle and the vehicle next to you. Wash your hands often and try not to touch your face. Practice good hygiene and bring your own water, soap, hand sanitizer, and facial covering with you. Be aware of any high-traffic surfaces and avoid them.
▶️ Leave No Trace - Take any garbage with you, including disposable gloves and masks. With facilities just reopening there may not be staff collecting trash, be respectful of our public lands and facilities.
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Thurston County Sheriff's Jeep Patrol

Great effort tonight by Jeep #2, #7 & #19 along with Mobile #44 and a dozen or so WESAR members attempting to locate a missing person inside Thurston County. Now it is time for some sleep... ... See MoreSee Less

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B.O.L.O.Update: Mr. Conway was located and is safe. ... See MoreSee Less

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Please be on the lookout for Daniel.Mr. Renwick was located and is safe. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Thurston County Sheriff’s Jeep Patrol was organized in 1973 as an auxiliary unit of the Sheriff’s Department.  Our non-profit unit provides a well-trained 4×4 team of volunteers to support the county during regional emergencies.

We are proud to offer our search and rescue services to out-of-county agencies. We have assisted in search efforts in Mason, Pierce, Lewis, Cowlitz, Skamania, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Wahkiakum and King Counties.

Our unit meets monthly to discuss training, previous missions and unit policies in an effort to build our strength as a team.

Training for the unit is hands-on, in-the-field and classroom training, focusing on: map & compass reading, GPS training, first aid & CPR, off-road driving skills, urban search techniques, wilderness survival, radio communication training, and team building.

Our unit participates in a wide variety of events for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. We participate in the Tumwater 4th of July Parade, provide traffic control as requested throughout the year and volunteer our time to assist with other County events.