Tag: Search and rescue

Cal OES Law Enforcement Branch: Answering the Call Since 1960

May 18, 2017 6:47 pm

Whether it’s a major wildfire or a search and rescue mission, the Cal OES Law Enforcement Branch is there. Providing valuable services to California’s law enforcement agencies is the call the Cal OES Law Branch has answered for 57 years.

During emergencies, Cal OES Law Branch plays a critical role coordinating mutual aid resources local jurisdictions need to help them respond to an emergency. This coordination of law enforcement officers from jurisdictions all around the state is through the Law Enforcement Mutual Aid (LEMA) system.

Most recently, the Cal OES Law Enforcement Branch has been involved in major events like the Erskine Fire in Kern County, Oroville Dam Emergency in Butte County, Super Bowl 50, numerous Search and Rescue missions including the rescue of missing hiker Cody Michael, Butte Fire in Calaveras County, Boles Fire in the … continue reading »

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Watch Where You Step

May 12, 2017 1:53 pm

There have been many stories in the media recently about rattlesnake sightings and even more frightening about victims of rattlesnake bites. In the past few weeks alone, several Search and Rescue (SAR) teams have been deployed to rescue bite victims stranded in rural areas.

This winter’s rains have led to a lot of vegetation growth, which attracts rattlesnake prey such as mice and other rodents, which means a very active rattler season. With an abundance of food to feast on, snakes will be able to survive longer and therefore people will see more of them.

Rattlesnakes are widespread in California and are found in a variety of habitat throughout the state from the coast to the desert. If you enjoy outdoor activities, you and your pets may be at risk for encountering rattlesnakes.

While generally not aggressive, rattlesnakes … continue reading »

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State SAR Coordinators Get Hands-on Training for Winter Missions

Jan 31, 2017 11:01 am

Massive Snowfall Creates Need for Awareness, Caution and WSAR Teams California governor Edmund G. Brown declared a state of emergency for 50 out of the 58 counties that were hit hard by storms in January. Snow accumulation in the higher elevations topped 18 feet in some locations. More precipitation is on the way for this week which should mean even more snow in the mountains. So the warnings continue – be careful, slow down when driving, and don’t go out in stormy conditions if you don’t have to.

Cal OES search and rescue teams are always training, and so are its SAR partners. Week-long winter SAR training just ended at Mammoth Lakes. It’s where WSAR coordinators from around the state get hands-on experience with the equipment and tools used in WSAR operations, training given by some … continue reading »

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SAREX Exercise Provides Unique Search and Rescue Training

Sep 16, 2016 1:01 pm

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 … continue reading »

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K9 Search and Rescue Recipe — Dedication, Training and Love

May 27, 2016 12:35 pm

When it comes to finding missing persons, K9 teams have a nose for Search and Rescue (SAR). Dogs like German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Vizlas make great Type-I SAR K9’s. They can navigate some of the roughest terrain and conditions because of their strength and endurance.

The May 2016 search for missing hiker Cody Michael and his dog Bauer brought out multiple K9 search teams. Cal OES recognizes four K9 SAR organizations and coordinates them when necessary for a variety of missions; Wilderness Finders Search Dog Teams (WOOF) is one of those groups. We met up with them on one of their training sessions in the California Sierras near Donner and Truckee to see what it takes to get these dogs ready for their often-risky searches.

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Search and Rescue Mutual Aid Effort Pays Off – Missing Hiker and Dog Found Alive

May 19, 2016 6:07 pm

When 23 year old Cody Michael, of Rocklin, and his German Shepherd Bauer, failed to return from a hike on Monday to Lower Loch Leven Lake, his family knew something was wrong.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office immediately began search and rescue (SAR) operations but quickly realized they needed more help.  That’s when they called the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to trigger one of the most robust and effective search and rescue mutual aid systems in the nation.  Law Enforcement Branch Assistant Chief Dan Dailey, Region 4 mutual aid coordinator for California, called into action several agencies trained and ready for missions just like this.  Searchers and experts from El Dorado, Alpine, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties along with … continue reading »

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California’s Search and Rescue Top Cop

May 17, 2016 2:12 pm
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Matt Scharper is a Deputy Chief with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – Law Enforcement Branch and is the California State Search and Rescue Coordinator. Matt is headquartered out of the Region V office, located in Fresno, CA and is also the Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Coordinator for Region V.  A recognized expert in the field of Search and Rescue, he spent 13 years as the Search and Rescue Unit Coordinator for the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department and has over 34 years of combined search and rescue experience.   He has coordinated literally hundreds of searches, rescues, and large and small-scale disasters.  A previous college instructor for search and rescue topics of: Search Management and Tactics, Technical Rope Rescue, Swift water Rescue, Man Tracking, and Law Enforcement Incident Command Systems along with other Law Enforcement topics.  He is the lead instructor for the Cal EMA Search and Rescue Instruction Program, instructing the “Direction and Control of the Search Function Course” and the “Winter Operations SAR Management Course” and is responsible for all State of California SAR programs.  Matt’s 30 year law enforcement career has earned him California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificates of “Advanced, Supervisory, and Management”.

The Law Enforcement Branch is responsible for coordinating state mutual aid for search and rescue in California. In addition, it receives and coordinates interstate requests under the auspices of the National Search and Rescue Plan. The branch also coordinates all local requests for state and Federal agency assistance. Because search and rescue missions are often life threatening, requests for out-of-county, state or Federal resources can be made directly to CalOES.


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