Thank you for your interest in being a part of the Malibu Search and Rescue Team.
"The Team", as we like to call it, is affiliated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and is one of seven such teams in the county. Our base is at the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station in Calabasas.
With very few exceptions, team members are sworn Reserve Sheriff Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. As a result, most of us are P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement officers while on duty with the Department. Please note that this is a volunteer position with a whopping $1 per year as salary so we stay gainfully employed somewhere else.
To become a Reserve Deputy, you must be at least 21 years of age, a U.S. Citizen, as well as:
The law enforcement academy/training is offered through the L.A. Sheriff's Academy or another similar state P.O.S.T. (California Peace Officer Standard of Training) certified course, taught at some community colleges and other law enforcement agencies in California.
The academy training requires a significant time commitment with most reserve academies meeting evenings and weekends, for 6 to 9 months, and include class instructions, hands-on training, as well as lots of homework.
Search and Rescue (SAR) training is provided by our team upon successful completion of the reserve academy. We find that it usually takes 12-18 months of SAR training and exposure to the Rescue Team before one can become trained sufficiently to be considered "operational." Team training includes rescue rope systems, rappelling, climbing, snow and ice operations, swift water operations, helicopter operations, wild-land fire operations, search operations, interface with other emergency service providers, and navigation and area intelligence.
In addition, all team members must obtain and retain a minimum medical training to the level of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Now a quick word of what to expect after you join the team... Each team member is required to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours per month of their time to team activities which generally include:
Team members spend additional time as required:
When you are ready, the application is made through the Reserve Coordinator at Lost Hills Station in Calabasas. For an appointment to submit an application, contact the Reserve Coordinator's office at (818) 878-1808 during regular business hours.