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Sheriff's Search and Rescue Recruiting New Members
updated: Jul 26, 2014, 12:45 PM

Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff's Search and Rescue Recruiting New Members - Recruitment Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday, July 30

The Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team (SBCSAR) is looking for new members to fill its next search and rescue training academy. Those interested in joining this elite organization of people giving back to the community are invited to attend a no obligation recruitment meeting on Wednesday, July 30, at 6 p.m. or on Wednesday, August 27, at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Sheriff's Search and Rescue station located at 66 S. San Antonio Road in Santa Barbara.

SBCSAR is a volunteer branch of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. This highly-trained team uses specialized training and equipment to handle a variety of emergencies, including high-angle rock rescues, car-over-the-side accidents, downed aircraft, swiftwater rescues and medical emergencies.

SBCSAR is a California Type I search and rescue team and one of only nineteen teams in California that is fully certified as a Mountain Rescue Team. In order to qualify for MRA status, a team must pass proficiency tests in Snow and Ice, Rock, and Search Operations every three years. MRA teams are viewed as the best in the country and are often requested to support search and rescue personnel of other counties.

Team members are men and women from all walks of life and are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

SBCSAR's primary jurisdiction is the wilderness and urban areas of Santa Barbara County. As such, team members have the opportunity to visit parts of the county very few ever experience to see the unique beauty of our backcountry. In addition, as part of the Mountain Rescue Association, the team responds to emergencies in other counties, states and national parks such as Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings National Parks.

As an active arm of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, the team is called to assist on evidence searches, provides medical support for large community events, and is the primary entity to coordinate and carry out evacuations during major disasters such as wildland fires.

For more information on SBCSAR, go to www.sbcsar.org.

SBCSAR team member Matt Poulin employing step-by-step tracking techniques during a search earlier this month for missing hikers on the Franklin Trail north of Carpinteria. The photo is courtesy of SBCSAR.

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