press release - 04221701

Undersheriff Bernard Melekian Swears in New SBCSAR Members in Santa Barbara


Undersheriff Bernard Melekian Swears in New SBCSAR Members in Santa Barbara



Sheriff's Search and Rescue Seeks New Members


Recruitment Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th


Santa Barbara - April 22nd, 2017


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team (SBCSAR) is looking for new members join its team.  Just this past Monday, April 17, 2017, Undersheriff Bernard Melekian swore in eight new SBCSAR team members who will now attend a four-month Search and Rescue Academy where they will specifically train in mountain rescue and search techniques.  Those interested in joining this outstanding team of people giving back to the community are invited to attend a recruitment meeting this Wednesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue station located at 66 S. San Antonio Road in Santa Barbara.  You are encouraged to come by earlier to talk to some of the team members about the exciting and rewarding work they do. 

SBCSAR is a volunteer branch of the Sheriff's Office and currently has 41 members on its team. The group includes men and women from all walks of life. They are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are one of the busiest search and rescue teams in California.


This highly-trained team uses specialized training and equipment to handle a variety of emergencies, including high-angle rock rescues, car-over-the-side accidents, downed aircraft, swiftwater rescues and medical emergencies. SBCSAR is a California Type I search and rescue team and is fully certified as a Mountain Rescue Team.  MRA teams are viewed as the best in the country and are often requested to support search and rescue personnel of other counties.


SBCSAR's primary jurisdiction is the wilderness and urban areas of Santa Barbara County.  As such, team members have the opportunity to visit parts of the county very few ever experience to see the unique beauty of our backcountry.  In addition, as part of the Mountain Rescue Association, the team responds to emergencies in other counties, states and national parks such as Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings National Parks.


As an active arm of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, the team is called to assist on evidence searches, provides medical support for large community events, and is the primary entity to coordinate and carry out evacuations during major disasters such as wildland fires.  For more information on SBCSAR, go to 



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