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Posted on 03.18.2014 5:21 p.m.

Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team Sets Recruitment Meetings

Source: Kelly Hoover for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team continues to look for more members to fill its upcoming search and rescue training academy.

The two following recruitment meetings have been scheduled in North and South County: at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, March 19 at 66 S. San Antonio Road in Santa Barbara, and at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 in the Santa Ynez Airport Pilot Lounge.

SBCSAR is a volunteer branch of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department and one of the most active search and rescue teams in California. This highly trained group 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 Sheriff's Department, 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, click here or send an email to [email protected].

— Kelly Hoover is a public information specialist for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

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