The Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team is a volunteer branch of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. The team is trained to use specialized equipment to handle a variety of emergencies such as high-angle rock rescues, car-over-the-side accidents, downed aircraft, swiftwater rescues and other wilderness medical emergencies. The team is also highly proficient in search operations for overdue hikers, mountain bikers, missing children and lost hunters.
Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue Team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All team members carry pagers and the team is paged through the Regional Emergency Dispatch System. In an emergency, team vehicles are able to start rolling within ten minutes.
As a member of the Mountain Rescue Association, the team also responds to support search and rescue efforts throughout California and the United States. To qualify for MRA status, the team must pass proficiency tests in Snow and Ice, Technical Rock, and Search Operations.
The Team is made up of men and women from all walks of life. Most team members are active in several outdoor activities and have extensive wilderness experience. The team is highly skilled; spending hundreds of hours learning advanced techniques and procedures for wilderness emergencies.
Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue Team's primary jurisdiction is the 2,550 square miles of Santa Barbara County. As part of the Mountain Rescue Association, the team responds to emergencies in other counties, states and national parks.
As an active arm of the Sheriff's Department, the Team may assist on evidence searches, as well as providing medical support for large community events.
SHERIFF BROWN SAR BROADCAST
Link to Radio Station KZSB-AM 1290's re-broadcast of Sheriff Brown and SAR's Incident Commander John Sullivan on the show 'Community Alert' re Search and Rescue.
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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SEARCH & RESCUE HIKING TIPS
When traveling in the back country:
- Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return
- If possible, always travel with a friend
- Carry The Essentials
If you should become lost, remain calm and stay where you are
If someone is missing or in need of help, call 9-1-1
SUPPORT THE TEAM
The Sheriff has referred to the Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue Team as "unpaid professional worthy of our highest respect." As a non-profit, public benefit corporation, the Team relies primarily on funding from grants and private donations. Please visit the team's website to discover how to support the team.