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Join Madera County Search & Rescue Team

MADERA COUNTY — Madera County’s nationally recognized Search & Rescue Team is currently accepting new applications through the end of the year.

Applications can be picked up at either the Sheriff’s main office at 2725 Falcon Drive in Madera, or the Sheriff’s substation at 48267 Liberty Drive in Oakhurst.

Interested candidates are urged to complete and submit an application. They must be received no later than Dec. 31.

You must be 18 or older to apply. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office provides training. Novices are more than 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, as well as Basic Survival.

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, OHV Team, Operation Lost & Found Team, and Canine Team.

Applications can be dropped off at the Sheriffs main office in Madera or the substation in Oakhurst, to the attention of Sgt. Jim Bernardi.

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