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About the Team

The Fillmore Mountain Search and Rescue Team is comprised of highly skilled volunteers who are available to respond to wilderness emergencies in Ventura County.

Ventura County Search & Rescue is an all-volunteer branch of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office covering all 1,873 square miles of Ventura County including the 43 miles of coastline. The team is trained to use specialized equipment to handle a variety of emergencies such as high-angle rock rescues, car-over-the-side accidents, swift-water rescues, and other wilderness medical emergencies. The team is also highly proficient in search operations for overdue hikers, mountain bikers, off-road motorcyclists, missing children or lost hunters.

  TEAM HISTORY

Proudly serving Ventura County since 1948.

In the late 1940s, local equestrians would ban together to search for fellow cowboys and farmers who were either missing or injured in the backcountry of Ventura County. The Sheriff of Ventura County approached the local group, and in 1948 the "Fillmore Search and Rescue Team" was formally organized and sanctioned by the Sheriff's Office. Fillmore became the first Search and Rescue Team in the County.

The team would primarily search on horseback because of the rough terrain. In areas where vehicles were practical, the members would use their four-wheel-drive trucks. In the late 1950s, the Sheriff's Office augmented these privately owned vehicles with surplus military four-wheel-drive vehicles. On occasion, when horses could not access the victim, a helicopter would be contracted with Rotor Aids of Ventura. In the early 1970s, the Sheriff's Office formed its Air Unit, and Search & Rescue began to acquire newer vehicles and equipment supplied by the Sheriff's Office.

Our Team

These team members are on call 24/7/365 and ready to provide assistance for any type of rescue.
Dan Ambarian
Dan Ambarian

Sheriff Department Liaison

    Cliff Zone
    Cliff Zone

    Captain

      Bryan Pavel
      Bryan Pavel

      Lieutenant - Training Officer

        Justin Rovtar
        Justin Rovtar

        Sergeant - Quartermaster

          Matt Wyatt
          Matt Wyatt

          Corporal - Treasurer

            Nanette Bercu
            Nanette Bercu

            Corporal - Secretary

              Brian Alcantar
              Brian Alcantar

              Team Member

                Nick Brown
                Nick Brown

                Team Member

                  Kerry Feldman
                  Kerry Feldman

                  Team Member

                    Jerry Garcia
                    Jerry Garcia

                    Team Member

                      Scott Gillis
                      Scott Gillis

                      Team Member

                        Erik Hansen
                        Erik Hansen

                        Team Member

                          Rob Hansen
                          Rob Hansen

                          Team Member

                            Ben Hipple
                            Ben Hipple

                            Team Member

                              Marshall Laminen
                              Marshall Laminen

                              Team Member

                                Stu Long
                                Stu Long

                                Team Member

                                  Joe Martinez
                                  Joe Martinez

                                  Team Member

                                    Mark Millington
                                    Mark Millington

                                    Team Member

                                      Chris Murphy
                                      Chris Murphy

                                      Team Member

                                        Rick Neal
                                        Rick Neal

                                        Team Member

                                          Keith Ringled
                                          Keith Ringled

                                          Team Member

                                            Anthony Rodriguez
                                            Anthony Rodriguez

                                            Team Member

                                              Brian Schooler
                                              Brian Schooler

                                              Team Member

                                                Mark Stec
                                                Mark Stec

                                                Team Member

                                                  Grant Taylor
                                                  Grant Taylor

                                                  Team Member

                                                    Scott Tynan
                                                    Scott Tynan

                                                    Team Member

                                                      Dale Velador
                                                      Dale Velador

                                                      Team Member

                                                        Tim VonRader
                                                        Tim VonRader

                                                        Team Member

                                                          Josh Wade
                                                          Josh Wade

                                                          Team Member

                                                            Samantha Wokal
                                                            Samantha Wokal

                                                            Team Member

                                                              Mike Yuen
                                                              Mike Yuen

                                                              Team Member

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