Tulare County has a long history of utilizing trained local volunteers to provide assistance in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.
Volunteer personnel are required to achieve and maintain the same level of required training as Sworn personnel. Some additional areas of expertise include Technical Rescue, Man Tracking, and Evidence Searches. Many SAR personnel are cross-trained with multiple skill sets to provide a more effective and versatile response. In addition, every volunteer member has been individually approved by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.
The mission of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team is to provide for the most effective and efficient use of resources to safeguard human life and hasten the recovery of lost, injured, or stranded individuals.