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South Puget Sound Mobile Search and Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Search & Rescue Squads

Target demographics: Law Enforcement, Department of Emergency Management, Our Community of Thurston County as well as surrounding Counties

Direct beneficiaries per year: Search and assist for numerous missing, lost or injured persons. We are very proud to have been the first Non-profit "lost Child Booth" in the history of lakefairs' 5 day event. We assisted Olympia Police Department in re-uniting 6 lost children.

Geographic areas served: Washington State

Programs: Search and Rescue Services for missing, lost or injured persons through various forms of rescue Base support, 4x4, ATV & Mt. Bike. Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Response, Public Safety.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

“What is a Superhero?” Ask a child and they will probably tell you a superhero is someone like that of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc. Superhero’s will have the ability to fly without a plane or stop bullets with their hands or bracelets. Superhero’s always look real good before and after a battle. They always come out on top and are praised the world over. Now ask a child who was just delivered into the arms of anxious parents after have been missing for over a day. What is a superhero? They will say it’s those people over there wearing bright reflective clothing, carrying backpack and first aid kits. They are the real Superhero’s. Those non-descript bunch of people whose only thing they have in common are Hi Viz clothing and a desire to bring help, happiness, or closure to someone else’s extraordinary situation. A group of people who lead everyday lives with family, friends, jobs, and bills. People who, in the persona of Supermans,”Clark Kent,” when called upon, will kick into action by donning their reflective gear, loading their backpacks, and reporting for duty. A group of people who have taken the time to form a cohesive unit and train to first responder standards and practices. People who use their time, money, and energy to help those who are in need and to make this world just a little bit better. To quote a first responder, “these things we do, so that others may live.” You want to know who real Superhero’s are, just ask that recently united child and her parents.

Comments ( 1 )

spsmsarpio Wow! What a powerful moving review thank you so much for taking time to write we really appreciate it!

Vivian E.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SPSMSAR is one of the most engaged volunteer group in a Thurston County. They can be counted on to respond and participate in activities and searches.

1 Sonya K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am administer the Emergency Worker Program for Thurston County, and the South Puget Sound Mobile Search and Rescue (SPSMSAR) group is registered with us.
SPSMSAR goes above and beyond what is expected of them. They respond for lost or missing individuals, but also are the first to offer assistance during disasters, regardless of the type of work they'll be doing. They are invaluable!
I always say, "if you're going to get list somewhere, do it in Thurston County because our search and rescue teams are the best!" The citizens of Thurston, and neighboring counties, are very fortunate to have this group as a SAR resource.

1 Dana30

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Volunteer Search and Rescue (SAR) teams, such as South Puget Sound Mobil SAR are the often; unsung, unknown community heroes. As volunteers they are not paid; indeed, they regularly expend their own money on annual training and equipment…such as their ATV’s, radios and navigational equipment. No matter the time of day or night, they respond. I commend this Search and Rescue unit on many levels, but most of all on their cohesiveness as a team. They truly exemplify the fact that there is no “I” in team.

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spsmsarpio 09/19/2013

Thank you so much, we really appreciate you taking time to write such an outstanding review!