In early 2013, the Joint Transportation Commission released a report siting recommendations for WSDOT's Aviation Search and Rescue (ASAR) Program. WSDOT responded to these recommendations in August 2013.
On Nov. 20, WSDOT will host a meeting with aviation stakeholders to review the JTC's recommendations and the department's response. The meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the WSDOT Aviation Office at the Olympia Regional Airport.
WSDOT Aviation is tasked by the Legislature with the responsibility of managing all Air Search and Rescue operations within the state as well as coordinating the use of aviation assets for disaster relief efforts. WSDOT accomplishes this mission by closely coordinating with all available resources and agencies, including the Washington State Patrol, Washington Emergency Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. We also use volunteer resources from Washington Air Search and Rescue, the Civil Air Patrol and county sheriff's search and rescue programs across the state.