Santa Clara County Sheriff Search and Rescue

The Santa Clara County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SCCSSAR) Team's mission is to provide highly trained search and rescue resources to Local, County, State and Federal Government Agencies in times of emergency. Additionally, the team is committed to the furtherance of Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR) and Community Preparedness Education.

The SCCSSAR Team is now looking for qualified members to join our team. Have questions about the team? Please read our FAQ and About the Team pages.

We would like to acknowledge the the following sponsors.

We are located in San Jose, at 55 West Younger Ave. You can obtain more information about the team by emailing us via or leave a voice message at 1-408-450-3100.

SCCSSAR partnered with over a dozen different mutual aid, support, and operations agencies descended on Joseph Grant County Park to participate in a large-scale mock search exercise. This mock search was intended to simulate a real world search exercise, giving our SCCSSAR Academy members their first taste of a coordinated search effort, and our regular teams an opportunity to hone their skills.

Cal Fire flew over 10 different helicopter sorties, ferrying team members and equipment around their search assignments, with members of the Civil Air Patrol monitoring from overhead and on the ground. Cisco’s Tactical Operations integrated with our own operations command and provided a secure internet connection and a mobile conference room to base our operations out of. AT&T deployed their FirstNet cellular network via a portable cell tower and drone to provide cellular service to our ground teams. The Army National Guard provided GPS trackers for our operations teams to monitor team progress in real time.

Our Academy members got their first taste of what to expect during a multi-agency/mutual aid search, and performed search operations with members from our own SCCSSAR team, as well as teams from Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Santa Clara Parks, and others. Our ground teams honed their medical, navigation, communications, and rigging skills during this exercise.

We would like to thank all of the agencies and partners involved for participating.