Flathead County Search and Rescue's coverage area is compromised of 1,728 square miles, 225 miles of creeks and rivers, as well as 70 lakes.

Flathead County Search and Rescue started in 1947 with a general call for volunteers to assist with a search for a lost boy.  The organization was started by the Sheriff, Dick Walsh.  After the boy was found, Dick Walsh asked those who helped to leave their phone number in case they were needed again...and they were.

Search and rescue started out in a private home with a telephone and a base radio.  Through the years the operating costs have been covered by a small mill levy, donations, memorials, and fundraisers.  The organization has grown into a highly specialized team, covering everything from water rescue, snow and technical rock rescue, county disaster, evacuation and emergency medical assistance. 

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All members of Flathead Search and Rescue are CPR and First Aid certified, with roughly one-third being licensed as EMTs. In addition to providing initial medical care on Search & Rescue missions, FCSAR provides medical assistance for various community functions.


Like North Valley Rescue Association, FCSAR is responsible for its own section of the county, but both teams rely on each other and work together whenever the need arises. A number of responders are members of both agencies.

Member and Volunteer Information:

Flathead County Search and Rescue's meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of each month.

Board meeting 6pm ~ General membership meeting at 7pm.

From that informal beginning Flathead County Search and Rescue was born.  The organization fell by the wayside for a few years, but in 1950 it was revived and has been going strong ever since.

General trainings are on the 2nd Thursday each month at 7pm. 

History of Flathead County Search and Rescue