ORS 401.560¹
Search and rescue activities
  • responsibilities of sheriff
  • delegation of sheriff’s duties

(1) The sheriff of each county has the responsibility for search and rescue activities within the county. The duty of a sheriff under this subsection may be delegated to a qualified deputy or emergency service worker.

(2) If the sheriff does not accept the responsibility for search and rescue activities, the chief executive of the county shall designate the county emergency program manager to perform the duties and responsibilities required under ORS 401.015 (Statement of policy and purpose) to 401.107 (Abnormal disruption of market), 401.257 (Responsibilities of Office of Emergency Management) to 401.325 (Emergency management agency appropriation) and 401.355 (Eligibility of emergency service worker for benefits for injury sustained in emergency service) to 401.584 (Leave of absence from employment for search and rescue volunteer).

(3) The sheriff, or individual authorized under subsection (1) or (2) of this section, of each county shall notify the Office of Emergency Management of each search and rescue in the county and shall request the assignment of incident numbers therefor.

(4) When search and rescue activities occur in a multicounty area:

(a) The sheriff, or the authorized individual described in subsection (3) of this section, of one county shall take charge or the counties shall form a unified command, as outlined in the National Incident Management System Incident Command System established by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 of February 28, 2003; or

(b) If the appropriate sheriff or the authorized individual does not assume command as described in paragraph (a) of this subsection, the sheriff who received the initial call shall take charge of the multicounty search and rescue. [1983 c.586 §25; 1993 c.187 §18; 2007 c.530 §1]

Chapter 401

Law Review Cita­tions

54 OLR 677 (1975)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 401—Emergency Services and Communications, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors401.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 401, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­401ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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