The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad (KVRS) is a multi-disciplined organization that responds to nearly 30 operations a year. Our founding fathers envisioned an organization that would “Serve the Community of Ketchikan”, our members embody those ideals and are humbled to serve as stewards to one of the oldest search and rescue group in Alaska.

We have weekly training nights, equipment maintenance, and other team duties, but if you join today you will discover why our members find excitement in search and rescue – it is a great way to serve your community!

No experience is necessary, although there are roles that do require special skills, and if you are willing to learn we are willing to train! We are grateful for support in any of our volunteer areas- take a look at the list below to find brief descriptions of volunteer roles to find the place you feel  you can contribute.

Join us today, participate in the excitement of serving our community tomorrow!

Search & Rescue

Mountain – there are various levels of rescue, so you can join at the level you feel comfortable at.

Water –  volunteers use our search and rescue vessel for various marine incidents. Either dropped off in remote beach areas, or onboard for visual searches.

K9 Search Team

The team is always open to new dog owners who are willing to undergo extensive search dog training. Additionally, we always need new volunteers who are willing to hide for the dogs to find during their practice!

Support Team

These key volunteers support the those that are out on a rescue and assist the mission behind the scenes. During a rescue there are many volunteers NOT on the mountain or on the water that help keep the search running smooth.  These volunteers help coordinate logistics, run errands, re-stock materials and equipment, assist in maintaining equipment and putting it away at the end of the search day.

When searchers come in exhausted from a full day out in the cold and wet, the volunteers based at headquarters who are ready to clean and put away equipment are a welcome support.


During searches we need volunteers to manage communications at our base. This often entails radio communications, but can also be with other agencies/people. Additionally, we write a monthly column in our local paper and would be grateful for volunteers who may have great writing skills.


Since KVRS is a volunteer-run non-profit we need to periodically undertake fundraising activities. Having volunteers support these efforts is critical to funding the continued running of the search and rescue squad.

Other – your skills

Can’t volunteer on a regular basis but want to offer your time and skills on an as-needed basis to help keep us ready to respond?  That’s great!  Please get in touch with us to tell us how you think you can help.

Needed skills:Boat Maintenance, Mechanical skills, Website/Media skills

Check out what training we have coming up and pop in to say hello!

Volunteer Training Calendar