Ventura County Search and Rescue East Valley Team 3 (VCSAR 3) is comprised of highly dedicated and skilled volunteers who are able to respond to wilderness emergencies in Ventura County. VCSAR 3 team members are extensively trained in search techniques, technical rope rescue, tracking, swiftwater rescue, communications, winter operations, urban search and rescue, and search management. For over 25 years, VCSAR Team 3 has participated in wilderness and urban search and rescue operations under the direction of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The VCSAR 3 team has met the rigorous requirements of the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) since 1989 and is a member of the California Region of the MRA. The VCSAR 3 team's response area includes the Ventura County portion of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Santa Susanna Mountains. The VCSAR 3 team assists the other search and rescue teams in Ventura County: Fillmore, Upper Ojai, Dive, Canine, Posse, and Medical. The VCSAR 3 team is capable of responding outside of Ventura County and has assisted is search and rescue operations in the Sierras and throughout the State of California.



Latest News

Latest news about the team

November 20, 2014: Missing Person - Wildwood Park, Thousand Oaks

11/20/14, Thursday 17:30 – 20:00 Hours

The East Valley Team was activated to search for a missing adult in the Thousand Oaks area. The team searched parts of Wildwood Park where the subject had been previously located before. After clearing parts of the park the team was released. The subject was located the next morning in good condition.

August 22 & 23, 2014: Missing Backpacker - Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest

Search team members waiting to load onto an Air Force Pave Hawk copter. Photo by Antonio M. Arizo

08/22/14, Friday 04:00 – 08/23/14, Saturday, 18:00 Hours

The East Valley Team along with the Fillmore Mountain Team responded to assist Monterey County on a search for a missing backpacker in the Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest east of Big Sur. The 55-year-old solo backpacker was last seen on Saturday, 8/16, in the area of Pine Valley campground. After he failed to exit the trail near Big Sur the Monterey County Search and Rescue started searching for the subject. Eight members traveled to the command post in Carmel Valley to be flown into the search area on an Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter.

July 15, 2014 - Board of Supervisors Recognize Team

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors recognized the East Valley team the the other Ventura County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team for our efforts in June during a seven day long search for a missing firefighter in the Sespe Wilderness north of Fillmore.

June 17-22, 2014: Missing Hiker - Tar Creek, Los Padres National Forest

Ventura County Sheriff's copter extracting a field team along the Sespe Creek. Photo by Paul Raab

06/17/14, Tuesday 05:00 – 06/22/14, Sunday, 20:00 Hours

One Wednesday, June 11, two off-duty Arcadia Fire Dept. firefighters started a four day backpacking trip in the Los Padres National Forest north of Fillmore. Their plan was to start their hike at the Dough Flats trailhead and end at the Tar Creek trailhead. One of the backpackers, Michael Herdman brought his dog Duke along. On Friday evening, while sitting around their camp along the Sespe Creek, Duke run off. Herdman chased after Duke wearing only shorts and t-shirt but no shoes. Neither Herdman nor Duke returned.

June 2014 - Members Receive Service Awards

Two members receive their service awards from Sheriff Geoff Dean and SAR Coordinator Sgt. Carl Patterson at the Ventura County Search and Rescue annual All Team training.

Craig Clark - 35 Years.