Mounted Search and Rescue functions as an integrated support unit to the Department in emergency situations requiring the expertise of Search and Rescue trained horse riders for searches and rescues in terrain which is not accessible by motor vehicles or helicopters.
The newly formed Mounted Search and Rescue Unit stood up in 2007. It is made up of Reserve Deputies and Civilian Specialists that must undergo extensive training including man tracking from horseback, wilderness survival, advanced first aid and life saving skills. They are required to become SARTECH II certified under the guidelines of the National Association for Search and Rescue.
They routinely conduct mounted patrol of areas such as the Angeles National Forest and work with other Search and Rescue and Forest Service assets.
They can be requested for searches throughout Southern California by contacting the Department’s Emergency Operations Bureau at (323) 980-2211.