Who Are We

Ventura County Search and Rescue East Valley is comprised of highly dedicated and skilled volunteers who are able to respond to wilderness emergencies in Ventura County. The East Valley 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, The East Valley Team has participated in wilderness and urban search and rescue operations under the direction of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. The East Valley 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 East Valley team's response area includes the Ventura County portion of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Santa Susanna Mountains. The East Valley team assists the other Ventura County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Teams: Fillmore, Upper Ojai, Dive, Canine, Posse, and Medical. The East Valley 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.

Search and Rescue Mission Statement

The members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Unit, operating under the authority of the Sheriff, will continue the mission set forth of safeguarding lives and properties. We will accomplish our mission by utilizing extensive backcountry knowledge, underwater rescue operations, K-9 handing, and advanced medical skills. We will maintain a dedication of duty not only to the residents of Ventura County, but also to other counties within the state who are in need of our assistance. We will always strive to provide the residents of Ventura County with the highest level of public service.