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

March 2012 - SAR Academy In Progress

The East Valley Team 2012 SAR Academy has completed week 5 of the 16 weeks. Over 120 applications were received for the 2012 academy. After a demanding evaluation process, five probationary members are currently in the class. The subjects covered so far include search, tracking, map and compass, communications, personal fitness, four-wheel drive, and team leadership. Week 5 of the academy started the technical rescue training with rappelling, anchors, raising and lowering systems.

Feb. 4, 2012: Missing 14-Year-Old Boy - East Simi Valley, Rocky Peak

02/04/12, Saturday 21:00 – 02/05/12, Sunday 12:00 Hours

W. Quintana searching through the boulders around Rocky Peak. Photo by Ian Roberts

December 2011 - Three Members Retire in 2011

Eric Malindzak
11 Years

Steven Holden
11 Years

Nov. 6, 2011: Missing Woman - Lake Piru / Los Padres National Forest

11/06/11 , Sunday 07:15– 13:30 Hours

M. White and I. Roberts escort the subject from the copter. Photo by Antonio M. Arizo

October 2011 - Returning Member Presented With Badge

Michael White was presented with his badge by Sheriff Geoff Dean at the annual Ventura County Search and Rescue All Team training. Michael was originally a graduate of the Class of 2000. He left the team to work on his career and family. He returned this year and successfully underwent refresher training and testing to return back to the team as a full rescue member.

Photo by: Antonio M. Arizo