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 2014 SAR Academy has been postponed for at least one year. The East Valley Team is still accepting applications for the next SAR Academy.

October 3, 2013 - The Pinnacles, Lake Arrowhead

J. Gaul flying to a remote search assignment. Photo by Antonio M. Arizo

10/03/13, Thursday 05:00 – 10/05/13, Saturday, 20:00 Hours

August 2013 - Six Members Receive Service Awards

Six members receive their service awards from Sheriff Geoff Dean at the Ventura County Search and Rescue annual All Team training.

May 2, 2013 - Newbury Park

Team members monitoring the fire near Cal. State Channel Islands. Photo by Michael White

05/02/13, Thursday, 09:40 – 17:00 Hours

The team was called out for the large Spring Fire to help evaluate residences in Newbury Park and students from the California State University Channel Islands.

Apr. 12, 2013: Injured Subject - Moorpark

Team command post during the search. Photo by Jeff Tregembo

04/12/13, Saturday 11:30 – 15:00 Hours

Apr. 4, 2013: Two Missing Teens - Wildwood Park, Thousand Oaks

The search operation command post in Wildwood Park. Photo by Rob Varela, Ventura County Star

04/04/13, Thursday 08:15 - 16:00 Hours