Training & Qualifications

Contra Costa SAR members receive training in a variety of areas. SAR members must first participate in a basic SAR Academy course consisting of over 100 hours of training. The basic SAR course builds skills in:
  • Search theory and missing person behavior.
  • Search and rescue techniques
  • Evidence handling
  • Low angle rescue
  • Survival techniques
  • Navigation
  • First aid
  • Disaster training

All of this training is accomplished after normal business hours. Once members have completed the Basic SAR Academy course they are eligible to participate in one of the specialty SAR areas if desired. Specialty training is conducted on a monthly basis and is open to all members of the SAR Program.

To apply for membership with the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Program, you must:

  • Attend a scheduled orientation program
  • Complete a SAR Program Application
  • Possess a valid and current California Driver's License
  • Complete a thorough background check, including a fingerprint check
  • Complete an oral examination board interview

The Volunteer Services Unit is continually accepting applications for the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Program. For more information about joining the team, visit the SAR web site at (click here).