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National Association for Search and Rescue

NASAR is an education association comprised of thousands of dedicated paid and nonpaid personnel – all active or interested in search and rescue, disaster aid, emergency medicine and awareness education. We are a self-supporting, nonprofit association acting as the country’s admirable servant in furthering the advancement of professional, literary and scientific knowledge and training in these fields. We are interested in all aspects of search and rescue – the humanitarian cause of saving lives – throughout the United States and around the world.


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California Emergency Management Agency

he California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services exists to enhance safety and preparedness in California through strong leadership, collaboration, and meaningful partnerships. Our mission is founded in public service. Our goal is to protect lives and property by effectively preparing for, preventing, responding to, and recovering from all threats, crimes, hazards, and emergencies.


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Northern California Search and Rescue

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. The event takes place the weekend after Labor Day, and rotates annually throughout Northern California county venues.


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Monterey County Search and Rescue

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was created in 1963. The volunteer unit was established in 1989 to assist the Sheriff’s office, which then had a roster of 15 Deputies.

Search dogs became a part of Monterey County’s SAR Team in 1995. We currently have six K-9 teams trained in tracking and cadaver search which have completed the requirements set by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES). The formal Monterey County Sheriff’s Mounted SAR Unit formed in 2000.

The existing team is made up of approximately 15 Sheriff’s Deputies and 20 volunteers, both male and female. Ages range from 21 to 70 years.


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Santa Cruz County Search and Rescue

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team is a group of dedicated individuals who encourage you to safely enjoy the beautiful county of Santa Cruz, California. The team is comprised of volunteers from the community as well as personnel from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and are on-call around the clock every day of the year. The dedicated team members take time from their busy lives and professions to train in many different specialties and to perform their Search and Rescue duties when called upon. They come from all walks of life and all bring valuable experience to the team.


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Fresno County Search and Rescue

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Mountaineering Team was formed as an auxiliary unit of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office in 1982. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of diversified volunteers, formed to augment the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office during search and rescue operations in Fresno County and throughout the state of California.

Our team members are trained in various search and rescue disciplines including: orienteering, tracking, wilderness / winter survival, first aid / CPR, swift water and high angle rescue, helicopter safety, search techniques and search management. These skills facilitate our ability to respond to a variety of urban and wilderness emergencies.

The SAR team members have donated thousands of service hours participating in Search and Rescue Operations in Fresno, Madera, Tulare and San Luis Obispo Counties, as well as Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. In addition to SAR missions and monthly training, members also donate hundreds service hours to other non-profit organizations in our area and sponsor events to promote safety in the outdoors.


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Santa Clara County Search and Rescue

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was formed in 1989 to assist city, county, state and federal agencies in times of emergency. The Team is part of the Special Operations Division of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department.

Our members are all dedicated volunteers, who are highly trained to effect successful SAR operations. Our service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. The team is based in San Jose and directly serves the cities and unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age who has a sincere interest and desire to make the commitments necessary to be an active contributor to SAR. Support is received from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and assistance is welcomed from the community at large.

During a typical year, the team responds to about 25 requests for assistance and expends more than 8000 person-hours of training.