The Whatcom County Search & Rescue 4x4 unit started as a group of friends that hung out in the garage working on their Jeeps and 4x4s on the weekends. One of the guys was a close friend with a local deputy. Since these guys spent all their spare time in the woods either wheeling, hunting, camping or fishing, they knew the area and trails very well. When there was a lost person, the deputy would swing by the garage and ask them to help him look for the missing person. In 1970 these guys decided to make themselves official and the 4x4 unit was born. There are still a few of the original members in the group.