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, ATV, boat, or snowmobile as needed. Whatever the conditions, members do their best to meet those demands.
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.
Search and Rescue Teams
- 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.
- Swift Water Rescue 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.
Joining Search and Rescue