Since 1975, Tuolumne County Sheriffs Search & Rescue (TCSAR) has been responding to search and rescue calls of all kinds, in all seasons of the year, and at all hours. As one of the oldest teams in continuous service in the state of California, this team ranks among the five busiest, with an average of 70 calls per year. Composed of over 40 volunteers TCSAR has saved hundreds of lives. Volunteer members of Search and Rescue often risk life and limb to assist others in need. Tuolumne County is a central location for numerous tourist attractions including all seasonal mountain & water recreational sports, TCSAR maintains a steady mission-call volume throughout the year.
TCSAR disciplines include medical extrication; search & mountain rescue using ground, mounted, and air; swiftwater rescue; dive recovery; Nordic patrol, OHV rescue; and technical rope rescue, specializing in both high and low angle operations.
Search and Rescue volunteers are typically Tuolumne County residents age 18 and older. Experience preferable for new applicants, however, we do train new volunteers. Team members must have a desire to help others. Applicants must be physically fit and ready to work in extreme environments with a team approach. We volunteer our time and efforts so that others may live!
TCSAR receives support from Tuolumne County Sheriffs Office, and donations from various supporters in the community, including families of rescued individuals.
For more information on joining TCSAR, please download the application to join TCSAR.