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 2015 SAR Academy has been postponed for at least one year. The East Valley Team is still accepting applications for the next SAR Academy.

November 20, 2014: Missing Person - Wildwood Park, Thousand Oaks

11/20/14, Thursday 17:30 – 20:00 Hours

The East Valley Team was activated to search for a missing adult in the Thousand Oaks area. The team searched parts of Wildwood Park where the subject had been previously located before. After clearing parts of the park the team was released. The subject was located the next morning in good condition.

August 22 & 23, 2014: Missing Backpacker - Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest

Search team members waiting to load onto an Air Force Pave Hawk copter. Photo by Antonio M. Arizo

08/22/14, Friday 04:00 – 08/23/14, Saturday, 18:00 Hours

June 17-22, 2014: Missing Hiker - Tar Creek, Los Padres National Forest

Ventura County Sheriff's copter extracting a field team along the Sespe Creek. Photo by Paul Raab

06/17/14, Tuesday 05:00 – 06/22/14, Sunday, 20:00 Hours

June 2014 - Members Receive Service Awards

Two members receive their service awards from Sheriff Geoff Dean and SAR Coordinator Sgt. Carl Patterson at the Ventura County Search and Rescue annual All Team training.

Craig Clark - 35 Years.