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
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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