SAREX Exercise Provides Unique Search and Rescue Training

Fresno County Sheriff hosted more than 600 Search and Rescue volunteers and coordinators from nearly 50 local and state agencies throughout California at Hume Lake in Fresno County, site of this year’s SAREX training exercise. The two-day event provided training from some of the best Search and Rescue experts to the SAR community.


Courses ranged from K9 trailing, to incident awareness and assessment, to psychological first aid for first responders. On the last day, a visit by California Air National Guard Brigadier General Clay Garrison and Army National Guard Brigadier General Laura Yeager along with Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and Tuolumne County Sheriff James Mele capped off a successful SAREX 2016 training event.


The keynote presentation focused on the 2015 search and rescue of Miyuki Harwood in Fresno County. Slightly more than a year ago, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department SAR team found Harwood after she spent 10 days lost and injured in the forest of Fresno County.



Additional resources on SAREX:

SAREX 2016

Cal OES Search and Rescue Mutual Aid

Cal OES Twitter

Cal OES Facebook

Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires, and statewide wildfire siege in 2018 . Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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