Required and Recommended Equipment

This is a list of the required and recommended equipment that our unit has put together. This does not mean that if you do not have this equipment, you are not allowed to join our unit. We understand that budgets are tight, and these items should be acquired or purchased within the first year of membership (required items).

The required equipment identified in this section must be carried on all missions.

Required Vehicle Equipment:

            King County detailed road map (Thomas Brothers or equivalent).

            First Aid Kit.

            Tire chains (for at least two wheels unless prohibited by manufacturer of vehicle).

            Fire extinguisher (preferred type la, 10BC 2.5 pound).

            Axe or saw.

            Bucket (minimum 2.5 gallon).

            Shovel (preferred 36”).

            Corporate and KCSARA decals on vehicle.


            Grid Ribbon and waterproof marking pen.

            A minimum of a VHF Hi-Band radio (may be issued or personally owned).

Required Personal Equipment:

            Rulers – USGS and Weyerhaeuser.

            Food and water to last for expected duration of mission.


            Matches or lighter.



            Clothing appropriate for the environment expected, to include a safety vest.

Recommended Equipment:


            Cooking gear (stove and pot).

            Roll Bar (soft top vehicles)

            Spare oil.

            Jumper cables.

            Tow cable, chain or rope.

            Spot light (hand held or mounted).

            Blanket or sleeping bag.

            Maps as listed on the map list.

            Tire chains. (In addition to the ones on required list).

            Helmet, goggles and hearing protection for helicopter operations.

Items that might be needed for Blood borne pathogens such as:

            goggles/safety glasses.

            heavy duty rubber gloves.

            latex surgical gloves.


            mouth to mouth barrier.

            antibacterial swabs.

            smock or jump suit.

Listing of Maps

This map listing is not a mandatory listing but rather reflects some of the maps you may find useful.

            Thomas Brothers map book. (The tri-county, King, Pierce & Snohomish version is    preferred however, you can easily get by with only the King County version).

            USGS or Forest Service 7.5 minute maps showing all of King County.

            Green Trail 15 minute maps for King County.

            Maps for bordering counties.

            Washington State Atlas and Gazetteer.

            Washington State Highway map.

            Weyerhaeuser Maps.

            Computerized maps, such as DeLorme Street Atlas and/or Topo. (with GPS capability is       a plus).

            Any other map that you come across that you find useful should be carried by you.

Description of Other Selected Items

Below are some selected items which, as time goes on, you may decide that you want to purchase. You should not think of these items as mandatory or even recommended, rather they are things that some members have chosen to purchase.

NOTE: Please coordinate with a knowledgeable unit member before purchasing any of the following equipment to ensure you obtain equipment which is compatible with our operations, and can be acquired at the best price.

CB Radio. Commonly used for communications with log trucks while searching logging areas.

47 MHz (VHF low band) mobile transceiver. Additional frequencies used by SAR organizations.

2 meter amateur radio. You must be a licensed HAM to transmit on these frequencies however anyone may monitor the frequencies.

150 MHz mobile transceiver. Primary frequencies used by KCSARA units.

Pager. Alphanumeric pagers may be checked out or purchased.

Mobile Scanner. Monitors frequencies not covered by your own transceivers.

Front and/or rear mounted winch.

Light bar, strobe lights or other AMBER (only) warning lights. Used to draw attention to vehicle, provide escort to dog teams, traffic control and to draw lost subject toward the vehicle.

Off road driving lights. Not legal for use on public roads but helpful when searching on logging roads.

Global Positioning System (GPS). Used to identify the exact location of the receiver.

Chain saw. Used to clear downed trees which impede progress of search.

Siren/PA. It is illegal to use the siren on public streets. The PA system may be useful to call to a subject away from your vehicle.

L-Per. ELT receiver used to locate beacons from crashed planes.

Any other radio, equipment or personal item that you feel you would be better prepared for your mission.