The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team (SBCSAR) is looking for new members to join its team. SBCSAR is holding its final recruitment meeting of the year this coming Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue station located at 66 S. San Antonio Road in Santa Barbara. You are encouraged to come by earlier to get a tour of the station and talk to some of the team members about the exciting and rewarding work they do.
SBCSAR is a volunteer branch of the Sheriff’s Office and includes men and women from all walks of life. They are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are one of the busiest search and rescue teams in California.
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 is fully certified as a Mountain Rescue Team. MRA teams are viewed as the best in the country and are often requested to support search and rescue personnel of other counties.
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