Search and Rescue


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 Angles County.

Each 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 trained and ready to respond to virtually any wilderness emergency 24-hours a day.

Team members must hold a current Emergency Medical Technician license and usually must live within fifteen or twenty minutes response time of the station where they serve.

In addition to academy training, Search and Rescue Team members undergo extensive mountaineering training.

Current Search and Rescue Teams inculde:

  • Altadena
  • Avalon
  • Crescenta Valley
  • Lancaster
  • Malibu Lost Hills
  • San Dimas
  • Santa Clarita
  • Temple

Applicants who are ONLY interested in Search and Rescue and would not be interested in working patrol after graduation from the Level II academy, should apply to gain acceptance from their local Search and Rescue teambefore entering the academy.