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Each team has their own specific membership requirements. Contact the individual teams for their current requirements and application process.

Fillmore Mountain Search and Rescue Team

The Fillmore Mountain Search and Rescue Team is comprised of highly skilled volunteers who are available to respond to wilderness emergencies in Ventura County.

Team members specialize in Search Management, Heavy Urban Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Rope Rescue, Man Tracking, Cold Weather Rescue, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Off Road Motorcycle Rescue. These volunteers receive special training in the areas of search management, emergency medical care, rock climbing, wilderness survival, victim evacuation techniques, radio communications, and helicopter procedures.

East Valley Search and Rescue Team

Ventura County Search and Rescue East Valley Team 3 (VCSAR 3) is comprised of highly dedicated and skilled volunteers who are able to respond to wilderness emergencies in Ventura County. VCSAR 3 team members are extensively trained in search techniques, technical rope rescue, tracking, swiftwater rescue, communications, winter operations, urban search and rescue, and search management. For over 25 years, VCSAR Team 3 has participated in wilderness and urban search and rescue operations under the direction of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

Search and Rescue Medical Team

In 1976, two local physicians created the "Medical Advisory Board" in order to provide medical oversight to the Sheriff's Department Air Unit during airborne Search and Rescue operations. Over the years, this small unit has grown into the Search and Rescue (SAR) Medical Team, which provides year round advanced life support (ALS) services for the entire County of Ventura. The Medical Team is comprised of Paramedics, Nurses and Doctors who volunteer their time 365 days a year, including weekends, holidays and often nights.

K9 Search and Rescue

Through the use of highly trained and tested K-9 teams we are able to assist local, state and federal agencies. Handlers dedicate considerable effort and their own funds to attend professional training workshops throughout California and the United States. All Ventura County K-9 unit members are volunteers and are not compensated for their work. Nevertheless, every handler is dedicated to providing a consistent and thoroughly professional response to the needs of Ventura County residents and outlying communities.