Interested candidates are urged to complete and submit an application to become a member of Madera County’s nationally recognized Search & Rescue Team.
Applications can be picked up at either the sheriff’s substation, 48267 Liberty Dr., Oakhurst, or the sheriff’s main office at 2725 Falcon Dr., Madera. The deadline for submitting an application is Dec. 31.
Those interested in joining this elite team must be 18 years-old or older. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office provides training, and novices are welcome.
Applicants accepted into the program will undergo a 100 hour class and field training course the covers the following: Incident command system, SAR crime scene awareness, land navigation, basic rope rescue, helicopter safety, radio communications, search technique, first aid/CPR, tracking, and basic survival skills.
The Madera County Sheriffs Search & Rescue Team is trained and certified to carry out the following rescue and recovery functions: 4X4 team, dive/swiftwater team, technical rope rescue team, snowmobile team, communication team, medical team, incident command team, off highway vehicle team, Operation Lost & Found team, and canine team.
Applications can be dropped off at the sheriff substation in Oakhurst, or the main office in Madera, to the attention of Sgt. Jim Bernardi.
Details: Oakhurst substation, (559) 658-2555.