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Search and Rescue

 

Address

655 East Third Street
San Bernardino, California 92415

Phone:
(909) 387-0641

Contact Us



San Bernardino is the largest county within the United States. The county spans 20,105 square miles encompassing vast deserts, mountain ranges, urban cities, many lakes and the Colorado River. People from across the world can be found throughout the year hiking, rock climbing, water sports and snow skiing. Our volunteers save many lives each year during their search and rescue missions in every type of environment.

The primary mission of search and rescue volunteers is to search for and rescue persons on behalf of the Sheriff of San Bernardino County.  Additional missions may include evidence searches and assignments at the direction of the Department.



  Entry Level Requirements

All persons applying for the position of a search and rescue citizen volunteer must complete the Department application process. In addition, they must meet the following entry level requirements:

  •  No felony convictions
  •  No pending misdemeanor of felony court cases
  •  In compliance with the Department tattoo policy
  •  Eighteen + years of age
  •  Legal resident of the United States
  •  Poses a high school diploma or GED
  •  Poses a valid driver's license

  Application Process
  • Submit an application by email or print-out and bring to a meeting
  • Attend 3 business meetings within 5 months

(Please see list below of dates, times and locations of each S&R units’ meetings)

  •  Oral interview with Department personnel
  •  Complete a formal application process
  •  Agree to attend and complete the department's Basic Search and Rescue academy within twelve 
           months of appointment as a volunteer.
  •  Agree to meet and maintain compliance with Department policy and procedure. 
          (Including grooming, tattoos, brands, body art and social media
           

  1st Year Training Requirements

New S&R members shall accomplish the following to obtain regular membership within one calendar year of their appointment to the Department:

  • Complete the Department’s Basic Search & Rescue Academy

           (BSAR)(Available Biannually)

  •  Attend the unit’s monthly meetings and training
  •  Respond to search and rescue callouts
  •  Department Driver’s Awareness Certification
  •  Acquire and maintain all required uniforms and equipment (24-hour pack)
  •  Track and submit personal monthly statistics
  •  Demonstrate knowledge & proficiency of unit and station protocol/procedure

  Membership Requirements

Membership in good standing requires the following be maintained:

  •  Attend a minimum of 60% of the annual unit monthly meetings and trainings
  •  Respond to a minimum of 20% of the annual search and rescue callouts
  •  Annually demonstrate and pass a S&R skills proficiency practical test
  •  Maintain required uniforms and equipment (24-Hour Pack)
  •  Maintain driver’s license and insurance
  •  Track and submit personal monthly statistics

Anyone interested in joining one of our teams should complete an application and attend a local search and rescue unit meeting. (Below are meeting location/time)

Inquiries are always welcome!  Volunteer Forces at 909-387-0641, SAR@sbcsd.org.



  SAR Meeting Locations and Times

Aviation Division

Aero Squadron                   

Monthly meeting held the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 7:00 PM          

1776 Miro Way

Rialto, CA 92376

(909) 356-3800 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

Aero Squadron Website 

Air Medics                            

Monthly meeting held the 2nd Saturday of each month @ 9:30 AM  

1776 Miro Way

Rialto, CA 92376

(909) 356-3800 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

Air Medics Website 

 

Barstow Station

Barstow Desert Rescue Squad

Monthly meeting held the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 7:00 PM         

225 E. Mountain View

Barstow, CA 92311

(760) 256-4838 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

 Desert Rescue Squad Website

 

Big Bear Station

Bear Valley Search and Rescue                            

Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of each month @ 6:00 PM     

447 Summit Blvd.

Big Bear, CA 92315

(909) 866-0100 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

Bear Valley S&R Website

Bear Valley Posse                       

Monthly meeting held the 3rd Tuesday of each month @ 7:00 PM    

447 Summit Blvd.

Big Bear, CA 92315

(909) 866-0100 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

 

Central Station

San Bernardino Mountain Search and Rescue 

Monthly meeting held the 2nd Friday of each month @ 7:00 PM        

San Bernardino SAR Shack

3250 Harrison Ave

San Bernardino, CA 92410

(909) 884-0156 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

 San Bernardino Mountain SAR Website

 

Fontana Station

West Valley Search and Rescue                           

Monthly meeting held the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 7:00 PM         

Fontana Sheriff’s Station / Courthouse Jury Assembly Room

17780 Arrow Route

Fontana, CA 92335

(909) 356-6767 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

West Valley Search and Rescue Website 

 

West Valley Posse                       

Monthly meeting held the last Thursday of each month @ 7:30 PM

Fontana Sheriff’s Station

17780 Arrow Route

Fontana, CA 92335

(909) 356-6767 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

 

Morongo Basin

Morongo Search and Rescue (Includes Posse)                     

Monthly meeting held the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 7:00 PM  

Joshua Tree Sheriff’s Station

63665 Highway 62

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(760) 366-4175 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

 Morongo Basin S&R Website

 

Needles Station

Needles Search and Rescue                                 

Monthly meeting held the 3rd Thursday of each month @ 6:00 PM  

Needles Sheriff Station

1111 Bailey

Needles, CA 92363

(760) 326-9200 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

 

Twin Peaks Station

Rim of the World Search and Rescue                                     

Monthly meeting held the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 7:30 PM 

Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station

26010 Highway 189

Twin Peaks, CA 92391

(909) 336-0600 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

 

Victor Valley Station

Apple Valley Posse                     

Monthly meeting held the 1st Tuesday of each month @ 7:00 PM    

Apple Valley Equine Center

24320 Highway 18

Apple Valley, CA 92307

(760) 552-6800 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

 

Victor Valley Search and Rescue                          

Monthly meeting held the 2nd Saturday of each month @ 8:00 AM  

Victorville City Hall

14343 Civic Drive

Victorville, CA 92392

(760) 552-6800 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

 

Wrightwood / Phelan Search and Rescue          

Monthly meeting held the 1st Tuesday of each month @ 5:00 PM    

Phelan Sheriff’s Station

4050 Phelan Road

Phelan, CA 92371

(760) 868-1006 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

Wrightwood / Phelan S&R Website 

 

Volunteer Forces

Cave and Technical Rescue Team

Meetings locations and times for this unit vary greatly.

All membership inquires shall be made to the Department S&R Coordinator

(909) 387-0641 or email SBSD S&R Email

Cave and Technical Rescue Website

SAR Dog Team                             

Monthly meeting held the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 6:30 PM         

Sheriff’s Headquarters

655 E 3rd Street

San Bernardino, CA 92415

(909) 387-0641 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

SAR Dog Team Website 

 

Yucaipa Station

East Valley Posse                        

Monthly meeting held the last Tuesday of each month @ 7:00 PM  

Yucaipa Sheriff’s Station

34282 Yucaipa Blvd.

Yucaipa, CA 92399

(909) 790-3105 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

 

San Gorgonio SAR                      

Monthly meeting held the 3rd Tuesday of each month @ 7:00 PM    

Mill Creek Ranger Station

34701 Mill Creek Road

Mentone, CA 92359

(909) 790-3105 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)

San Gorgonio S&R Website

 

Valley of the Falls                        

Monthly meeting held the 2nd Monday of each month @ 7:00 PM    

Sheriff’s Forest Falls Satellite Station

41003 Valley of the Falls Dr.

Forest Falls, CA 92339

(909) 790-3105 (Always call and ensure the meeting’s location/time are correct)