Ventura County Search and Rescue East Valley Team 3 (VCSAR 3) is comprised of highly dedicated and skilled volunteers who are able to respond to wilderness emergencies in Ventura County. VCSAR 3 team members are extensively trained in search techniques, technical rope rescue, tracking, swiftwater rescue, communications, winter operations, urban search and rescue, and search management. For over 25 years, VCSAR Team 3 has participated in wilderness and urban search and rescue operations under the direction of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The VCSAR 3 team has met the rigorous requirements of the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) since 1989 and is a member of the California Region of the MRA. The VCSAR 3 team's response area includes the Ventura County portion of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Santa Susanna Mountains. The VCSAR 3 team assists the other search and rescue teams in Ventura County: Fillmore, Upper Ojai, Dive, Canine, Posse, and Medical. The VCSAR 3 team is capable of responding outside of Ventura County and has assisted is search and rescue operations in the Sierras and throughout the State of California.



Latest News

Latest news about the team

The 2016 SAR Academy has been postponed for at least one year. The East Valley Team is still accepting applications for the next SAR Academy.

April 28, 2015: Missing Hiker - Mount San Jacinto State Park

Team members preparing to start their search near San Jacinto Peak. Photo by Antonio M. Arizo

04/23/15, Tuesday 04:00 - 21:00 Hours

Search for a missing 34-year-old male hiker that got separated from his hiking party around the 10,000 ft. level near San Jacinto Peak three days earlier. A late snow storm came through the area during that period.

April 23, 2015: Missing Person - Mugu Rock

Team members recovering the subject in the rocky surf. Photo by Antonio M. Arizo

04/23/15, Thursday 15:30 - 21:00 Hours

The team was called out to search for a missing person along the Pacific Coast Highway near Mugu Rock. Team members searched the rocky coast line until they located the deceased subject in the rocks. Members rappelled down into the surf to access the subject. A rope system was set up to raise the subject up to the highway.

April 4, 2015: Mutual Aid - Isla Vista

East Valley and Santa Barbara SAR members wheeling a patient to the medical tent. Photo by Zack Warburg

04/04/15, Saturday 14:00 - 23:00 Hours

The students of University of Santa Barbara held a street party call "Deltopia" on the streets of Isla Vista. Members of the East Valley team, Fillmore, and Upper Ojai assisted the Santa Barbara Search and Rescue team with medical response in the area. There were several medical calls that the field teams responded to treat and transport the patients.

January 31, 2015: Missing Person - Simi Valley

Team members searching along the Simi Arroyo. Photo by Glenn Grossman

01/31/15, Saturday 08:00 – 13:00 Hours

A 76-year-old man went missing in November 2014 in Simi Valley. The local police searched the residential areas and conducted investigation on his disappearance. The East Valley team and the Canine teams were requested to search the Simi Valley Arroyo. The subject remains missing.

December 17, 2014: Mudslides - Camarillo Springs

12/17/14, Wednesday 00:20 - 06:00 Hours

Team members conducting evacuations. Photo courtesy of Ventura Star

A heavy rain fall hit the area causing major mudslides into homes in the Camarillo Springs area. The team was called out to assist with evacuations in the area.