San Benito County Sheriff Search & Rescue

Category: Training

OHV Off-Road Training

On July 22 2023, the San Benito County Search and Rescue team had an off-road OHV training and type qualifications at Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area. The team trained on a variety of skills and completed the days objectives.

Three new members / Radio Training

SAR had three members officially sworn in by San Benito County Sheriff’s Office (SBCSO) making them official members of our team.

After the oath we conducted training on radio operations, provided by San Benito County Amateur Radio Association (RACES). Covering basic radio operations, repeaters, emergency operations of radios, frequencies and more. We would like to give a big thanks to everyone for this event.

Be prepared and stay safe!

SarTopo Mapping / Navigation Training

Members of SAR trained on the use of SARTOPO

SARTOPO is a mapping tool used by Search & Rescue that allows team members to track their location, plot points, give routes/grid coordinates and more. It can be used by multiple users at once to be able to work as a team, also allowing an incident commander to have an overview picture of the situation.

Goal: Prepare field team members to respond to a mission using SARTopo for navigation and track recording.


  1. Open a team map in the mobile app
  2. Record Tracks
  3. Turn on and off location sharing settings
  4. Locate an assigned search area
  5. Enter given coordinates, add marker and navigate to it


  1. Working with team assignments
  2. Lite radio use: Status updates to command / communicating coordinates
  3. Grid search of small area assignment

SAREX 2022

Members of SBCSAR at the 2022 Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX). SAREX is the annual Northern California Search and Rescue Exercise sponsored by California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES) and one or more host agencies. If you would like more information please see the link provided: