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Pope County OEM Search and Rescue members provide for the safety and welfare of all citizens and visitors to Pope County and to protect them from the loss of life and property from emergencies and disasters.  Disciplines include Wilderness SAR, the promotion of Lost Child Prevention Programs, dive rescue and recovery, marine rescue and recovery, and Swiftwater Rescue. The introduction of new ideas and concepts leading to improved services which optimize resources will be a high priority for department personnel. The promotion of good will, community respect, and confidence in Pope County OEM Search and Rescue will continue to be of the highest priority for all members.


  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Be a Citizen of the United States.
  • Be a resident of Pope County, unless approved by the Director.
  • Possess a valid Arkansas Driver's License.
  • No convictions of any felony or a misdemeanor involving perjury, false statement, or crime of domestic violence. (Subject to background check)
  • Be of good moral character.


  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to rapidly shift between dissimilar tasks. situations; make  effective decisions while in stressful situations and Circumstances.
  • Knowledge of first-aid/CPR techniques.
  • Knowledge of the geography of Pope County
  • Skill in the use of computers, two-way radio communications, and  various other equipment used to perform daily functions of position.


  • Intermittent performance of extremely physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and climbing.
  • May involve lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling. Must be able to exert up to 150 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Tasks may also involve standing, sitting, or walking for long periods.
  • Visual perception and discrimination are required as well as being able to isolate and distinguish critical sounds, possibly under various conditions to include dark or crowded environments.
  • Must be in good physical health and comfortable in various types of weather/terrain.


  • Monitors dispatch and responds to emergency and routine calls for assistance. Administer basic first aid and/or CPR, and calls for necessary assistance.
  • Foresees potential danger and eliminates or controls it. Performs Search/Rescue activity without injuring self or others. Provides backup to other Search/Rescue personnel.
  • Prepares reports and keeps records of all activities in accordance with established policy and procedures.
  • Provides accurate and clear Search/Rescue information to the public, participates in community awareness projects, and conducts presentations.
  • Operates computerized management information systems to retrieve or enter information.
  • Successfully completes all assignments to specifications, within specified timeframe and budget as directed and in accordance with agency policies and regulations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Expected to maintain a high level of emergency preparedness by attending at least 50% of team trainings as well as practicing SAR techniques on their own to maintain active member status.


  • Members should be available 24/7 on a fairly regular basis.
  • Works with other team members to achieve group goals by contributing ideas in group settings, accepting ideas contributed by others, operating within team rules, participating in team activities (such as meetings), working with team members to improve job knowledge and skills, putting team goals over personal goals, and supporting team leaders once decisions are made.
  • Follows Standard Operating Guidelines and County Policy,
  • Interpersonal relations, the manner in which the member responds emotionally and verbally to the public, other members, and supervisors. This Policy also relates to the image the member projects and includes cleanliness and personal grooming.
  • Operates and cares for equipment, tools, and vehicles according to prescribed standards and schedules.


Print the application found at the link below.  Fill it out electronically, then print it out.  Sign it and send by one of two ways:

Scan it and send to


bring to 4 Emergency Lane, Russellville, AR  72802.