Search & Rescue Unit

Overview
The SAR team is comprised of more than 200 highly trained and dedicated volunteers, who are ready 24 hours a day to respond to calls. The SAR Team is a resource to all law enforcement agencies inside of Contra Costa County. The Contra Costa County SAR Team operates throughout the State of California under Mutual Aid Requests for assistance.

The SAR Team responds to an average of 75 calls for assistance each year. The calls that the SAR team responds to range in severity from:

  • Missing adults and children
  • Kidnapped children
  • Searching for evidence
  • Response for rescue in times of disaster


Specialty Areas
Once members of the SAR Program have completed 100 hours of initial training, they are able to participate in additional training designed to provide specialty skills. Specialty skill areas of the Contra Costa SAR Program include:
  • Canine Unit
  • Bicycle Unit
  • Mounted/Equestrian Unit
  • Metal Detector Unit
  • Trackers
  • Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)
  • Mountain Rescue Unit

For more information, please visit the Search and Rescue web site (click here).