#LASD The Search and Rescue teams function as the Sheriff’s Department’s
official emergency response unit. The unit provides services to those citizens
who become stranded, lost, or injured in the mountainous areas of Los Angeles
are eight individual teams: Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, Sierra Madre Search
and Rescue Team, Antelope Valley Search and Rescue, Malibu Search and Rescue
Team, Santa Clarita Valley Search and Rescue Team, Montrose Search and Rescue,
San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team and Avalon Search and Rescue Team.
of the team members are Los Angeles County Sheriff Reserve
others are dedicated volunteers from the local communities to assist in search
and rescue operations. All teams are under the direction of the local Sheriff’s
team members would go into steep and
treacherous terrain, possibly at night or in the rain, it is imperative that all members are well trained. In addition to academy training,
Search and Rescue Team members undergo extensive mountaineering training. Also,
they must hold a current Emergency Medical Technician license and usually must
live within a fifteen or twenty minute
response time of the station where they serve.
team member is selected for his or her physical capabilities, maturity, and
willingness to respond at a moment’s notice in emergency search and rescue
situations. The men and women of the team are highly trained in technical rope
rescue, swift water, snow and ice operations search theory and tracking.
a part of the state of California mutual aid system, the teams also provides
support search and rescue efforts throughout California and the United States.
are ready to respond to emergency 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, to “anywhere in the wilderness that someone needs help”!
picture from LASD museum
Malibu search team picture from their facebook.