Join the team


The minimum requirements to be a Search & Rescue team member in Kent County are:

  • Age 18+
  • Should be in reasonably good health, as Search and Rescue is hard work! (We do have Non-Field positions also)
  • Clean Criminal History / Background Check
    • Instant Disqualification items:
      • All Felony’s
      • Misdemeanors within the previous 10 years to applying
      • Major Traffic Violations within the previous 7 years of applying
      • All domestic Violation or any violence towards a person
  • Must have a Michigan Drivers License and a reliable vehicle
  • Must take required training’s
  • Must respond at all hours of the day or night
  • Must be willing to work in less than desirable conditions
  • Must be a team player
  • Must acquire an Amateur Radio License within six months of joining
  • Persons applying to be Field Qualified will successfully pass a Physical Fitness Test.


Applicant Processing Flow 

Step 1 – Application

  1. Please read through our frequently asked questions located here: FAQ
  2. Fill out our application: Apply here

Step 2 – Interview

  1. We will contact members to set up an interview / discuss the team with them
  2. Interested individuals will complete required applicant documents.
  3. Those persons who pass the interview will be asked to complete a background check through KCSD

Step 3 – Wait

  1. While waiting, members can review paperwork and start on independent study work
  2. Our Training check list and other member files can be found here: Google Drive Public files

Step 4 – Completion of Background check

  1. The Emergency Manager will notify the Director of their decision.
  2. KCSAR Leadership will review information related to the applicant.
  3. KCSAR Leadership will decide to either accept or decline an applicant.
  4. Approved Applicant will be placed on probationary status and assigned to the training division.

Step 5 – Probationary Status

  1. Members will attend all training’s wearing black BDU style pant’s and a safety yellow shirt
  2. Members will complete probationary training within 6 month’s of being accepted to the team
  3. Members will contact the probationary team leader with any questions

Thank You all for your interest. Any questions feel free to email Human Resources