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The Search and Rescue teams function as the Sheriff's Department's official emergency response unit. The unit provides services to those citizens who become stranded, lost, or injured in the mountainous areas of Los Angeles County.

Each team member is selected for his or her physical capabilities, maturity, and willingness to respond at a moment's notice in emergency search and rescue situations. The men and women of the team are trained and ready to respond to virtually any wilderness emergency 24-hours a day.

Team members must hold a current Emergency Medical Technician license and usually must live within fifteen or twenty minute's response time of the station where they serve.

In addition to academy training, Search and Rescue Team members undergo extensive mountaineering training.
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Questions about the Search & Rescue program with LASD can be directed to

To apply or ask questions from individual teams, please see the contact information below:

Altadena -
Antelope Valley -
Sierra Madre -
Malibu/Lost Hills -
Santa Clarita -
Montrose -
San Dimas -

Email and text is not a reliable method for communicating emergency needs. Senders cannot be certain every email or text has been transmitted by their server, nor that it has been received by the addressee, nor that it will be seen within the time expected or needed. If you have an emergency call 911