Take on the hardest job you'll ever love for $1 a year.
Venturing out in the worst of weather, in the dark of night, to locate and rescue a lost hiker or rescue trapped occupants of a vehicle that has gone off the road and over the side of the mountain, isn't for everyone. Rappelling out of a helicopter to rescue someone stranded by wildfires isn't for everyone. Dedicating over three years of your personal time to acquire the skills and experience to become a team member isn't for everyone. But if making a difference in the lives of strangers and victims you have yet to rescue, serving our community, and becoming a part of a team who have all made the same commitment appeals to you — think about applying to become a member of our team.
Saving lives is what we do — and if that appeals to you, if you have the heart and soul and time to dedicate to the training and experience we have to offer — complete the application below, or contact us for more information. After screening and background checks by the sheriff's department, only twenty to thirty percent of those who apply meet the qualifications and pass the training that is required to become full team members.
All team members continuously train to hone their skills in 26 skill areas including search and tracking, mountaineering, climbing, rappelling, map and compass, helitac, victim extraction, snow and ice rescues, and more.
Since the team is part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, each team member must also become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. In addition, each team member is required to be trained and certified to the national EMT-B level by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
In addition to this training, members contribute a minimum of two evenings and one weekend a month to group training, lectures, and specialized instruction.