Joining the Team

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Thank you for your interest in joining Butte County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team (BCSAR). Our team is comprised of dedicated, unpaid volunteers who are trained in specific areas of search and technical rescue. While we share rescue responsibilities as a member of the Butte Interagency Rescue Group, BCSAR is the only agency that trains for and provides skilled search response for our county. Because of this we expect full participation of all members in search activities.

We have found that many prospective applicants have little knowledge of what search & rescue entails, nor how much time, energy, on-going training, equipment and personal expense it requires. We expect serious personal commitment in both time and resources and at least five years of active membership; it can take up to two years to become a fully trained and qualified team member.

Call-outs and training schedules will reshape your lifestyle as a member of search and rescue. Our call-outs can occur at any hour of the day or night, any day of the year. You will be required to maintain certification in CPR, First Aid, Hazardous Materials and Bloodborne Pathogens. Once you are a member you must declare a training specialty and are required to attend training’s both in your area of specialty as well as other general team training’s.

If you think you have what it takes and can meet the requirements below, then come to our next meeting. We meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at our headquarters, the Larry Estes Training Center, located at the east end of Morrow Lane in Chico (just past Klean Kanteen).

Membership Academy:

Our membership academy is held twice a year, typically in the spring and fall. The academy is 60 hours, with a combination of evening and weekend sessions. Prospective members must attend 2 general meetings, complete the initial membership “A” packet, pass an oral interview, and complete the physical fitness evaluation before being eligible for the academy. Details on the Academy and membership process can be found here: Academy

Membership Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Legal resident of the United States
  • Successfully complete an oral interview with BCSAR’s Membership Committee
  • Complete the Team’s physical fitness evaluation
  • Attend and pass our membership Academy
  • Pass the Butte County Sheriff background investigation