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History

The roots of the Santa Cruz County Search and Rescue Team reach back to 1972, when Boy Scout Explorer Post 613 maintained a well trained Search and Rescue unit consisting of 20 to 30 members.

What began as an interest by local Boy Scouts was recognized in 1984 as a separately functioning unit of the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office and is now recognized by the State of California, Office of Emergency Services as a mutual aid resource for neighboring counties. The SAR team is comprised of both Sheriff personnel and volunteers from the community. While the number of members has changed little over the years, its members are highly skilled making it a valuable resource for the Sheriff's Office.




SAR team members put in many hours each year, both in training and in performing searches.  They have carried out their jobs on foot, in vehicles, in water and in the air.  Searchers have been deployed for missing adults, missing children, and even evidence in criminal cases.  Rescue operations have been made for hikers, bikers, joggers, lost children, people with Alzheimer’s, and despondent individuals.  While the searches are never easy, often requiring hours of hiking and lost sleep, the team members give unflagging support to the cause.  Their time and effort continue to provide valuable search and rescue service to Santa Cruz County and beyond.