On the Memorial

Cave Team and Canyoneers Clean Local Canyon

The Cave and Technical Rescue Team, in conjunction with the Coalition of American Canyoneers, Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, and the Angeles National Forest performed a canyon cleanup event on August 23. More than 60 volunteers from as far away as Arizona, picked up trash and cleaned graffiti from the canyon walls. Using hammers and chisels, the graffiti was painstakingly chipped from the rock surface. Afterwards, the rock was painted with a thin coating of mud, and a dusting of fine sand from the nearby stream bed using a technique that has proven successful in other outdoor areas. In this way, the tagger's "canvas" was made less attractive, hopefully decreasing the graffiti in the future. Since the mud will last only a couple years, the team will be at it again to help preserve this jewel of the San Gabriels.

Victor Valley Station and the History of Hug-A-Tree

Beginning in 1982 members of San Bernardino County SAR began to offer Hug-A-Tree presentations to local scout and church organizations. From early 1992 to 2005 the team did approximately 100 presentations for over 90,000 kids. This was done by attending school programs at assemblies and local church and scout units. These programs involved hundreds of kids at each assembly with up to four assemblies in the day. This was not the best way to get the information across due to the large audiences. It was sort of like herding cats or chickens.

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Mounted Search and Rescue Training

The MSAR committee is proud to announce the 2014 All County Posse Mounted Training to be held on August 16, 2014, from 0800 to 1600 Hours at the Heart-Bar Sheriff’s training facility located on Hwy 38 in Heart-Bar.

Sign in starts at 0800 and breakfast will be provided by Sheriff’s culinary. Classroom training will begin at 0900 covering SAR related topics. Lunch will be provided by Sheriff’s culinary at 1130. A mounted evidence search will follow lunch. This training should conclude by 1600. Four very nice prizes will be awarded to the participants who collect the most valuable evidence.

There will be a trail ride following the training. A fireside debriefing will follow the trail ride. Camping is available Friday through Sunday. The camp will have water, but please be prepared with water for your horses

This training is free for all certified Sheriff MSAR personnel. Please support this valuable training with your participation. Many hours of pre-planning have been spent to guarantee an educational and fun exercise. We need a head count ASAP so please send your participant roster to Hap Hatch.


Bear Valley SAR Fundraiser



Etiwanda Fire Information

Public information from the Sheriff's Office is available at this location

Wildland Search and Rescue Workshop

Officials from FireWhat Inc. ( in Dunsmuir CA will be hosting the 6th annual Wildland Search and Rescue (WISAR) workshop June 19th – 22nd 2014.  You are invited to come and join experienced SAR instructors and volunteers, GIS specialists, National Ski Patrol, USFS, and other NPS Rangers interested in learning the exciting possibilities surrounding the use of geospatial technology.

This 4 day workshop will focus primarily on GIS tools and strategies for use in the field, as well as case studies and presentations on pertinent geospatial technologies.  Experts from both ESRI and FireWhat will be on hand and provide laptops and software for each of the sessions.

For more information on attending, please contact Cassie Hanson from FireWhat, Inc @ either or 530.235.4419.


Cave Team Fundraiser 4/23/2014



Director's Dialogue March 2014

p>We had a great turn out at the last SAR Council Meeting in January. We would like to thank you for taking the time to attend. With this turn out, it was a perfect time to present our SAR Council’s SAR Member and SAR Commander of the Year Awards for 2013. Paul Butler, our Member of the Year, was recognized for his outstanding contributions and dedication for 2013. He was the unit commander of San G SAR, a member of the ICS Team, who responded to numerous callouts and is an instructor at the BSAR Academy. Paul is also a reserve deputy with the department and has been a member of the department and SAR for over 35 years.

Our SAR Commander of the Year was none other than Larry Ford of the Colorado River Station; more commonly known as Needles SAR, for his efforts in 2013. He had 100 percent attendance to all of the department functions during the year, never missed a SAR Council Meeting or any other event put on or hosted by the Council and Volunteer Forces. He headed up numerous callouts in his area and was responsible for the upgrading of his unit’s equipment and completion of their command post. We would all like to thank these two individuals for their time and outstanding efforts. Thank you and congratulations Paul and Larry!

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Helitac Training

The Inland Empire Search and Rescue Council will be hosting two Helitac trainings in 2014. The trainings are scheduled for Saturday April 5th and Saturday October 4th at Sheriff’s Aviation located at 1776 Miro Way, in Rialto. The class will run from 0900 to 1700 Hours. Please wear your SAR uniform and bring your helmet and 24 hour pack.

The classes will have a maximum of 25 students and sign-ups will be taken on a first come first serve basis. If you would like to sign up, please contact Deputy Woods.  909-387-0678

Or Dave Nicolet


2013-2014 BMC Field Weekend Cancelled

The lack of snow in the region has forced the cancellation of the 2013-2014 BMC field portion until next year. Let's hope for snow in 2015.