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Search and Rescue Control (SARC) was organized in 1966 with a few Sheriff Posse members and citizen band radio operators. It is now a non-profit organization with several individual clubs or groups. Excluding the officials of the Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), SARC is strictly a volunteer organization. All manpower and personal equipment is given as needed. When working on an official mission, all volunteers (as required by Colorado law) are under the jurisdiction of the MCSO. When a request for assistance is made by the MCSO, SARC volunteers are dispatched as needed to complete the mission. These volunteers may be on foot, horseback, 4X4 drive, ATV, boat, or snowmobile as needed. Whatever the conditions, members do their best to meet those demands.  Search and Rescue Radios

SARC consists of a variety of specialized teams to meet the needs of various searches and rescue operations. These teams designate members to serve on the SARC board. Each team trains in their specialty on their own time providing their own equipment. They also coordinate services with other teams and Sheriff's Office personnel. Each team also provides support personnel for incident command as needed.

  • Mesa County Sheriff s Posse: Ground searches by horse.
  • Technical Rescue Team: Technical climbing skills for high angle rescue.
  • Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team: Ground search and rescue.
  • Mesa County Dive Team: Dive recovery and swift water rescue.
  • Boat Team: Jet boat search and recovery on the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers.
  • Communications Team: Provide technical staffing for all communications.
  • Snowskippers: Winter search and rescue operations with snowmobiles.
  • Western Slope ATV: Ground search and rescue with ATVs.
  • Dog Team: Provides K-9 search and rescue support.
  • Venturing Crew #303: A Boy Scout Troop that provides administrative support.

Joining Search and Rescue

If you wish to join SARC you can download a SARC Application (10k) here or come to the Mesa County Sheriff s Office Records Desk and ask for one. The completed application must indicate which team you wish to join. The application is forwarded to the appropriate team leader for review of qualifications and team needs. Your application must indicate which team(s) you are interested in joining.

Many of these teams require members to have technical training, special equipment and certification standards before members are accepted. SARC membership requires continued training, meetings, and commitment of your personal time. All SARC members must complete an MCSO background check.

Many teams have full staffing levels and there may not be immediate openings. A team leader will respond to your application. For additional information visit the Search and Rescue Control, Inc. web site.


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