Tulare County has a long history of utlizing trained local volunteers to provide assistance in SAR operations.
Volunteer personnel are required to acheive 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. Civilians are welcome to apply for any of the County's designated Volunteer SAR teams.
For information on volunteering, please visit the Recruitment section of our website, or contact the Search and Rescue coordinators, Lieutenant Rob Schimpf or Sergeant Kevin Kemmerling.