Ventura County Search & Rescue, Fillmore Mountain Rescue Team 1
About the Team
Team History
Meet the Team
Hiking Tips & Plan
Photo Gallery
Join the Team
Support the Team
Helpful Links
Return to Home Page

Join the Team

So you're interested in joining?...Great!  Here are some frequently asked questions which may be of help:

Are there membership requirements? 
You must be at least 21 years old and in good standing with the community. Because of the nature of Search and Rescue (SAR), each prospective member must pass a background check that is conducted by the Sheriff's Office.  Good physical condition and the desire to learn and help others are also required.  Familiarity with the back country is a strong asset as well as prior Search and Rescue experience.

Does it matter where I live? 
There are eight SAR teams in the county of Ventura.  Three are Mountain Rescue teams, which are based in Fillmore, Ojai and Thousand Oaks.  Due to the geographical area of responsibilities, Upper Ojai members usually live in Ojai, Santa Paula and Ventura.  Fillmore team members usually live in Fillmore, Santa Paula, Camarillo, or Piru and East Valley members live in Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo and Simi Valley.  The Teams comprised of  Admin, Canine, Medical, Dive and Posse live throughout Ventura County.

Do SAR members get paid? 
Search and Rescue members are strictly volunteer.  Most members get permission from their employers to respond to Search and Rescue call outs. The satisfaction of finding and returning someone to their loved ones or rescuing someone in distress provides tremendous satisfaction for team members.

How much time does SAR take?
Search and Rescue is definitely time consuming.  Each team meets once a month for team meetings and trains one weekend a month.  Time spent for searches and or rescues (varies between teams) averages 3-5 full days a month.  This can be greatly increased if a team is called to assist another team.  This increases their time commitments.  Families are also affected and need to be as dedicated to the purpose as the member.

Does SAR cost members anything?
Members are responsible for providing all their personal gear.  Personal gear usually consists of team cold weather gear, team uniform, boots and other miscellaneous items.  The Sheriff's Office supplies the basic rescue equipment required to function safely and foul weather gear.  Teams purchase additional equipment for the team and members with donations from the public.

I'm still interested, What do I do now? 
If you would like to dedicate the time to become a volunteer member of the Ventura County Sheriffs' Search and Rescue Team, you may download the application from the link below.  Fill it out and send it to the address at the bottom of this page.  The application will be forwarded to the team you've shown interest in.  Teams have a limit on the number of members, and maybe full at this time.  Following an acceptable background check you will be notified of the additional steps needed and the probationary requirements. 

For more information, call (805) 9RESCUE

SAR Application

Ventura County Sheriff's Volunteer Search & Rescue  |  Fillmore Mountain Rescue  |  Team 1
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 296 |  Fillmore, CA  93016
email us!


2005 Ventura County Sheriff's Volunteer Search & Rescue, Fillmore Mountain Rescue, Team 1