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Joining Requirements

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue has active members from a wide diversity of backgrounds. Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age who has a sincere interest and desire to make the commitments necessary to be an active contributor to SAR.

The minimum requirements to join the team are:

  • Pass Sheriff's Office background check
  • Have a valid California driver's license & recent DMV printout
  • Attend at least three consecutive training meetings
  • Successfully complete an oral board interview
  • Have a sincere interest and desire to become a contributing member
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete and pass the SCCSSAR academy
  • Obtain CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification
  • Obtain First Responder Certification within one year of becoming a member