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Interested in Joining the Upper Ojai Search and Rescue Team?

Are there membership requirements? You must be at least 21 years old and in good standing with the community. Because of the nature of Search and Rescue (SAR), each prospective member must pass a federal background check that is conducted by the Sheriff's Department. Good physical condition and the desire to learn and help others are also required. Familiarity with the back country is a strong asset as well as prior Search and Rescue experience.

Does it matter where I live? There are eight SAR teams in the county of Ventura. Three are Mountain Rescue teams, which are based in Ojai, Fillmore and Thousand Oaks. Due to the geographical area of responsibilities Upper Ojai members usually live in Ojai, Santa Paula and Ventura. Fillmore team members usually live in Fillmore or Piru and East Valley members live in Moorpark and Simi Valley. The Admin, Canine, Medical, Dive and Posse reside throughout Ventura County.

Do SAR members get paid? Search and Rescue members are strictly volunteer. Most members get permission from their employers to respond to Search and Rescue call outs. The satisfaction of finding and returning someone to their loved ones or rescuing someone in distress provides tremendous satisfaction for team members.

How much time does SAR take? Search and Rescue is definitely time consuming. For each team meets once a month for team meetings. Each team trains one weekend a month and averages 3-5 full days a month for searches and or rescues (varies between teams). This can be greatly increased if a team is called to assist another team. This increases their time commitments. Families are also affected and need to be as dedicated to the purpose as much as the team member.

Does SAR cost members anything? Members are responsible for providing all their personal gear. Personal gear usually consists of team cold weather gear, team uniform, boots and other miscellaneous items. The Sheriff's Department supplies the basic rescue equipment required to function safely and some foul weather gear. Teams purchase additional equipment with donations raised from the general public.

I'm still interested, What do I do now? If you would like to dedicate the time to become a member of the Ventura County Sheriff's Volunteer Search and Rescue Program you should request an application or you can click on the link below. The application is then forwarded to the team you've shown interest in. Teams have a limit on the number of members but they usually accept a few new members every year. Following an acceptable background check you will be notified of the additional steps needed for membership. Call the Search and Rescue coordinator at (805) 388-4257 if you have additional questions. Or feel free to e-mail us.


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Site Last modified: March 24, 2012