Sheriff's Office

Swift Water Rescue

The Chelan County Swift Water Rescue team (SWR) is a team of deputies aided by volunteers who oversee, coordinate, and perform any rescue scenario on moving water.  Primarily the SWR team works in the west end of Chelan County however they are able to respond anywhere they are needed.  All SWR team members are SRT1 certified and participate in ongoing training throughout the year.  Each member is trained in the use of various tools including rafts, inflatable and hard shell kayaks, and standup paddle boards.  We also frequently incorporate complex rope systems to access our victims.  This is all in addition to simpler tools such as throw bags, and reaching devices.  The SWR team works with other local agencies to increase resources at the rescue scene and due to the remoteness of some areas of the river, to help contain the situation until the SWR team members can arrive.

In the last few years we have seen a significant surge in use on the Wenatchee River.  This is mostly due to commercial inner tube rentals and advances and availability to new ways of “playing” on the river.  The SWR team strongly encourages the use of Personal Flotation Device anytime the public is using the rivers.

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Posted: 01/06/2015 08:58 AM
Last Updated: 04/18/2019 02:02 PM

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  • 25
    Jun 2019
    09:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Public Hearing: Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program

    Posted by: Public Works

    The annual hearing will be on the adoption of the of the proposed Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program.

    Office of the Board of County Commissioners
  • 26
    Jun 2019
    07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Planning Commission Meeting - June 26, 2019

    Posted by: Community Development

    Chelan County Administrative Building
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    09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Hearing Examiner - July 3, 2019

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    Chelan County Administrative Building
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    Jul 2019
    03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Chelan County Water Conservancy Board Meeting

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    Confluence Technology Center
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    Jul 2019
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    In-Service Day

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