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Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team Recruits New Members

The Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team is looking for new recruits.

The team works under the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and is made up of 25 volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

“We are one of the most active teams in California and we are very active this year. Typically, we have 130 or 140 calls for service. This year, I think we are up over 160 and we still have a few months to go,” said incident commander Nelson Trichler.

The team is proficient in responding to all types of calls.

“Search and Rescue for this county encompasses quite a lot of disciplines. So yes we do technical rope systems for people stuck on cliffs, cars over the side where we have to lower and raise people. We also look for downed aircraft that has crashed which has a locating transmitting device that we can hone in on. We are the only ones in the county that have that equipment. We also do searches for lost individuals and trail rescues,” Trichler said.

The majority of funding for the Search and Rescue Team comes from the public.

The next recruitment meeting is Tuesday October 4th at 6:00 p.m. The Santa Barbara Station is located at 66 South San Antonio Road.

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