Our team receives some funding from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, which goes towards the team’s significant equipment expenses. However, this is insufficient to cover all of the costs, and the organization relies heavily on donations from charitable foundations, grateful individuals, and families. Fundraising and grant applications require significant effort and account for a substantial portion of the team’s funds for purchasing vehicles and other equipment.
Yes, each County in the state has a team. In larger, more diverse counties like Ventura, there may be more than one. In Ventura County, there are six search and rescue teams, which include:
We work with a variety of other EMS agencies. On any call, we can be working closely with Cal OES, Ventura County Fire, Forest Service, State Parks, other SAR teams, LA County Fire, EMS Providers, CHP, and even the military. This close interaction with other emergency services requires that every team member be highly trained and that we work in a very professional manner.