The Calaveras County Search and Rescue (CCSAR) Team was unofficially formed by groups of volunteers throughout the county in the 1970s. Beginning in the 1980s the team was incorporated into the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office. Since then CCSAR has provided aid to persons injured or lost in the Calaveras County wilderness as well as mutual aid to the other 57 counties in California under the direction of the California Office of Emergency Services (OES).
As a non-profit organization run by volunteers, CCSAR members dedicate time monthly to train as a team to ensure we are ready to respond to a variety of situations. These trainings can range from honing our navigation skills to practicing technical rope rescues.