Santa Barbara sheriff's seeking new members to join search and rescue team

Eight new members sworn in on Monday

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team swore in eight new members on Monday, but more recruits are needed.

The eight new members will attend a four-month long training course that involves mountain rescue and search techniques.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team is a volunteer branch of the Sheriff's Office and currently has 41 members on its team. Rescuers are on call 24 hours a day and are one of the busiest search and rescue teams in California.

The team uses specialized training and equipment to handle emergencies including high-angle rock rescues, car-over-the-side accidents, downed aircraft and swiftwater rescues. 

Anyone interested in joining the search and rescue team can attend a recruitment meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Sheriff's Search and Rescue station located at 66 S. San Antonio Road in Santa Barbara.

For more information about the search and rescue team, click here.

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