El Dorado County Search and Rescue Council Inc
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Organization Details

Programs

Description
The Technical Rope Rescue Team is a technical specialty team of El Dorado County Search and Rescue. The Team is deployed at the direction of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department. The focus of the team is the extraction of subjects that are unreachable with non-technical resources. The Team is trained to perform technical rope rescue operations in wilderness environments, or structures such as bridges and towers. The team performs extrications in the vertical, steep and low angle realms. The Team also supports the Swift Water Team for insertion and extractions of their rescuers into areas with difficult accessibility.
Budget
$3,000
Program Successes
To perform technical rope rescue operations, a significant level of specialized gear and equipment is required. The Team maintains an ample inventory of cutting edge rescue-rated gear and equipment. Although it's not required, many members of the Team use their own personal gear and equipment; the Team provides rescuer gear for those who do not.
The environment in which the Team performs requires advanced-level technical expertise and considerable practice. Team members participate in ongoing classroom and field training in:

• physics of building anchors and mechanical advantage systems
• elements required to construct and operate safe and efficient raising/lowering systems
• clean rigging techniques
• scene safety, size-up and management
• scenario-based rope-rescue evolutions
• rescuer and subject safety
• system safety evaluation
• trouble-shooting and problem solving
• techniques to secure a subject in the vertical realm
Description
The Swiftwater Team is made up of 19 members of the Ground Team who are trained in swiftwater rescue and flood rescue skills-14 rescuers and 5 support members. All members are required to be SRT-1 (Swiftwater Rescue Technician 1) or SRT-A certified and attend at least half of the training sessions to qualify as a "rescue swimmer".
Budget
$3,000
Program Successes
The Swiftwater Team conducts surface search and rescue operations on the rivers and waterways of El Dorado County, which have worldwide popularity among rafters, kayakers, and other recreational water users. Because of this, every season brings accidents, injuries, and fatalities that the Swiftwater Team responds to. The team also conducts swiftwater operations in conjunction with other search activity and supports other search and rescue and county resources. Swiftwater Team members work solely on the surface and do not engage in any diving activity, which is the province of the Sheriff's Boating Unit and Dive Team.
See us in action: http://edsar.org/teams/swiftwater/
Description
Our OHV Unit (4-Wheel Drive Team) is composed of members with 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Most of the members are off-road enthusiasts who are using their hobby for a good cause. Although 4WD vehicles are the OHV Unit's primary focus, it also supplies quadrunners, snowmobiles and dirt bikes. All the vehicles are owned by the members.
Budget
$3,000
Program Successes
The OHV Unit provides numerous services to Search and Rescue. OHV team members provide ground transportation of ground searchers to and from assigned areas, trail scouting, reconnaissance, transportation and set-up of radio repeater systems, transporting equipment and evacuation of search subjects.

The OHV unit is well-suited for assignments that include:

Rapid searches over roads and trails for subjects and prominent clues
Evacuation of subjects
Transportation of people and dogs to and from their assignments
Description
The Mounted Team, formed in 1973, is comprised of a group of dedicated horsemen and women who want to use their expertise to help people in need. The group felt that the unique abilities of the horse would be an asset in finding lost persons in and around El Dorado County.
Budget
$3,000
Program Successes
The main advantages of horse and rider team of mounted searchers are greater mobility, better vision, higher load-bearing ability, and increased sensory resources from the animal itself. Members must own a horse or have one available at all times. They must also have a safe form of horse transport.

The members are trained in CPR, first aid, map & compass, man-tracking, crime scene investigation, and search techniques, in addition to their horse training. The horses and riders are required to pass many requirements to ensure that they are safe and capable of performing the tasks required of them.
Description
The ground team is made up of highly trained and skilled foot searchers. The ground team goes out day and night and in any weather. Searchers may be assigned to cover miles of rough brushy terrain, or they may go to campsites interviewing campers. Sizes of teams for individual searches range from two to eight, and in no circumstances do searchers ever go alone. Each team has an assigned radio and a team leader.
Budget
$3,000
Program Successes
Foot searchers provide rapid response, flexibility and thoroughness. Since they walk, not ride, they can spot the smallest clues that the lost person has left behind. A typical foot searcher's gear includes a radio, a GPS and a pack containing water, food, medical supplies, survival gear, lights, spare clothing, and other equipment. All this may weigh from 15 to 30 pounds.
Description
The Canine Team is made up of members of the Ground Team who have trained and been certified with their canine partners in specialties such as trailing scent, area scent, cadaver scent, water scent, and weapons/article scent detection. They are dedicated to providing emergency responders and qualified dog and handler teams to assist in the search for missing persons. The Canine Team is highly trained and specialized unit of Search and Rescue, and members of this team train extensively with their canine team members on a continuous basis to maintain their certification.
Budget
$3,000
Program Successes
The use of dogs in Search and Rescue efforts is a valuable component in natural or man made disaster, wilderness tracking, and locating lost persons. Dedicated handlers have state certified canines to assist in locating the lost and missing. These highly trained dogs enhance the search effort by their ability to detect scent from a long distance and in adverse conditions. Search dogs can find a missing child in the wilderness, in the water, track persons with dementia gone missing from a facility, find live people in collapsed structures, locate a skier in an avalanche, assist Sheriff Officers with crime scenes, and locate human remains.
Description
The search management team has three prime functions. First, it plans the search by defining the search area and deciding on tactics and necessary resources. Second, it manages the search by deploying and supervising resources. Third, it supports the search with logistics, communications, and the command post.
Budget
$3,000
Program Successes
The El Dorado County Search Management Team is proud to have one of the most effective, automated management functions in the State of California. The Team has worked hard to upgrade all of its computer systems, integrate them with GPS, radio, automated mapping and actual command and control applications, which are run through our mobile command post trailer and communications van. A majority of our Management Team personal have successfully completed the State of California's Office of Emergency Services 40-hour Command and Control of the Search course, which is the gold standard for State OES in managing searches in any type of terrain, weather, day or night, in urban or remote settings.