Search & Rescue Mutual Aid

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Matt Scharper, Deputy Chief

State Search & Rescue Coordinator

Matthew.Scharper@caloes.ca.gov

559-445-5674

 

The Law Enforcement Branch is charged with the responsibility of coordinating state mutual aid for search and rescue in California. In addition, it receives and coordinates interstate requests under the auspices of the National Search and Rescue Plan. The branch also coordinates all local requests for state and Federal agency assistance. Because search and rescue missions are often life threatening, requests for out-of-county, state or Federal resources can be made directly to CalOES. 

Search and Rescue - Related Products

The Search and Rescue Annex to the Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Plan is a document that explains in detail, the mutual aid plan for search and rescue in California; state and federal organizations involved in search and rescue, their roles and capabilities, and the process for obtaining assistance; and detailed mutual aid guidelines for various disciplines within search and rescue. These “Mutual Aid Guidelines” are published separately to assist local government agencies in planning and preparation for search and rescue operations. The branch also offers P.O.S.T. certified classes for those persons responsible for search and rescue management: “Direction and Control of the Search Function – Search Management Course” & “Direction and Control of the Winter Search Function – Search Management Course” have been offered to law enforcement agencies’ Search and Rescue management personnel for more than 25 years. More than 3000 students have completed this 40 hour supervisory course which provides valuable information on the management of wilderness search operations.

Training

​​For Information regarding the Direction and Control of the Search Function Course and Winter Operations Course, please visit our Training Page.

LE Branch Calendar

 

 

​The Annual Peabody Award

Nomination Form

In November of 2005, Mr. Larry Peabody died after a lengthy illness.​ Larry was a dedicated professional volunteer with the State of California and the Office of Emergency Services, Law Enforcement Branch. For over 27 years Larry assisted the OES Law Enforcement Branch with the dispatch coordination of search and rescue canine personnel and resources in all types of SAR missions. In the course of his work with CalOES, Larry assisted in over 6,000 SAR missions. Througout the majority of his affiliation with CalOES, Larry remained available to provide dispatch coordination on a 24-hour, 7 days-a-week posture despite several bouts with major illnesses and without receiving compensation. It is only proper that an annual award be established in Larry's honor that perpetuates his admirable service to the citizens and State of California. Each year, an award will be presented to an individual SAR volunteer or team that performs their SAR duties with professionalism, dedication, and extraordinary excellence.

​Each year, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Law Enforcement Branch, State Search and Rescue Coordinator will accept nominations for the annual "Peabody Award" from the following to include: any California law enforcement agency, emergency services agency/organization, volunteer organization, and/or civic organization. 

​Nominations for the award must be received by CalOES no later than July 31st of each year. The nomination will cover the period from previous year's August 1st to the year the nomination was submitted. A selection committee will review the submitted nominated candidates and make a final decision. The CalOES State SAR Coordinator will notify the selected candidate and will formally present the award at the CalOES-sponsored SAREX training in the following month of September. 

​Disaster Service Worker (DSW) Volunteer Program

The Disaster Service Worker (DSW) Volunteer Program is designed to provide workers' compensation benefits to volunteers that are injured during disaster and search & rescue related activities. For complete program information and forms, click HERE.

​SAREX 2017

Every year, a Northern California Sheriff's Department hosts the Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX), which provides training to 400 to 600 SAR Professionals across the state. SAREX 2017 will be hosted by Merced County Sheriff's Office September 8-10, 2017, at San Luis Reservoir Forebay. Please visit the website www.SAREX.org for more details to come. ​

 

 

Canine Mutual Aid Quick Ref Guide http://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/Canine Mutual Aid Quick Ref Guide.pptxCanine Mutual Aid Quick Ref Guide SAR Documents5/5/2016 9:42:52 PM
Distress Alert Policy for SEND, PLB, and EBIRBshttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/DistressAlertPolicy.pdfDistress Alert Policy for SEND, PLB, and EBIRBsSAR Documents3/26/2015 6:52:17 PM
Model SAR MOUhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/Model SAR MOU.docModel SAR MOUSAR Documents3/26/2015 5:56:24 PM
Model SAR Ops Planhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/Model SAR Ops Plan.docModel SAR Ops PlanSAR Documents3/26/2015 5:56:32 PM
Out of State DSW Training Coveragehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/Out of State Training DSW Coverage Request Guidance 7.2016.docOut of State DSW Training CoverageSAR Documents7/25/2016 10:37:14 PM
PLB Incident Reporthttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/PLB INCIDENT REPORT.docPLB Incident ReportSAR Documents3/28/2016 4:54:05 PM
Peabody Award Nomination Formhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/Peabody Award Nomination Form.docxPeabody Award Nomination FormSAR Documents8/1/2017 4:58:01 PM
SARMARS California SAR VHF Radio Planhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SARMARS California SAR VHF Radio Plan.pdfSARMARS California SAR VHF Radio PlanSAR Documents12/6/2016 12:37:56 AM
SEND Incident Reporthttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SEND Incident Report.docSEND Incident ReportSAR Documents5/5/2016 9:43:18 PM

 

 

SAR Alpine Team MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Alpine Team MA Guideline.pdfSAR Alpine Team MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:57:28 PM
SAR Dog MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Dog AA MA Guideline App.pdfSAR Dog MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:58:13 PM
SAR Dog Appendix A Avalanche http://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Dog Appendix A Avalanche.pdfSAR Dog Appendix A Avalanche SARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:57:37 PM
SAR Dog Appendix B Cadaverhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Dog Appendix B Cadaver.pdfSAR Dog Appendix B CadaverSARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:57:43 PM
SAR Dog Appendix C Waterhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Dog Appendix C Water.pdfSAR Dog Appendix C WaterSARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:57:49 PM
SAR Dog Appendix D Disaster Type 3http://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Dog Appendix D Disaster Type 3.pdfSAR Dog Appendix D Disaster Type 3SARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:57:56 PM
SAR Dog Appendix E Disaster Type 4http://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Dog Appendix E Disaster Type 4.pdfSAR Dog Appendix E Disaster Type 4SARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:58:02 PM
SAR Dog Appendix F Trailinghttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Dog Appendix F Trailing.pdfSAR Dog Appendix F TrailingSARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:58:07 PM
SAR Fixed Wing Aircraft MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Fixed Wing Aircraft MA Guideline.pdfSAR Fixed Wing Aircraft MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:58:18 PM
SAR Ground Searchers MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Ground Searchers MA Guideline.pdfSAR Ground Searchers MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:58:24 PM
SAR Incident Support Team MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Incident Support Team MA Guideline.pdfSAR Incident Support Team MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:58:29 PM
SAR Mounted Team MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Mounted Teams MA Guideline 10_14.pdfSAR Mounted Team MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines6/8/2016 4:23:35 PM
SAR OHV MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR OHV Mutual Aid Guideline 10_14.pdfSAR OHV MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines6/8/2016 4:24:08 PM
SAR Swiftwater-Flood MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Swiftwater-Flood MA Guideline.pdfSAR Swiftwater-Flood MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:58:35 PM
SAR Technical Rope Rescue MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Technical Rope Rescue MA Guideline.pdfSAR Technical Rope Rescue MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines3/26/2015 5:58:40 PM
SAR Tracking MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Tracking MA Guidelines 10_14.pdfSAR Tracking MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines6/8/2016 4:26:04 PM
SAR Underground MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Underground MA Guideline 10_14.pdfSAR Underground MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines6/8/2016 4:19:55 PM
SAR Underwater MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR Underwater MA Guideline 10_14.pdfSAR Underwater MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines6/8/2016 4:26:48 PM
SAR-USAR MA Guidelinehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/LawEnforcementSite/Documents/SAR-USAR MA Guideline 10_14.pdfSAR-USAR MA GuidelineSARMA Guidelines6/8/2016 4:27:21 PM

 

 

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