Prospective Members


(11/13/2017) We will be holding a Mandatory Informational Session for all prospective applicants on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017. If you are interested in joining the Mountain Rescue Team (ropes / cliff rescue, snow & ice technical rescue) please fill out the form below and we'll contact you with specifics.

If you are interested in one of the other Placer SAR Units (Ground, Motorcycle, 4x4, Mounted, K9, Communications), please send an email to Katrina Kane (kmkane@placer.ca.gov)

Volunteering time to your community can be a very satisfying experience. The first step in joining the Placer County Mountain Rescue Team is to make contact with our team by attending one of our meetings for an informational orientation. Meetings are usually held on the fourth Monday of each month at the Search and Rescue Building in Auburn, CA. To contact the Mountain Rescue Team, please complete and submit the form below. You will receive a confirmation message from us shortly, with driving directions and the date and time of the next meeting.


Ideal candidates should meet, but are not limited to, the following recommended qualifications:
  • Members must have a personal email address, as email is the method used to communicate with members

  • Members must be dependable, energetic, team players who are comfortable in the outdoors

  • Be aware that Search and Rescue activities require strenuous physical activity

  • Optimum applicants should be physically fit males and females between the ages of 21 and 65 with no physical restrictions or health complications that would compromise their safety in a wilderness environment for an extended period of time

  • Members are required to pass an annual physical fitness test and should be capable of lifting a minimum of 55 lbs from a standing position

  • Applicants should have no prior back or joint pain or injuries, or other medical restrictions that would limit their participation in extended operations in rugged backcountry terrain

  • All members must undergo an extensive and comprehensive training program which requires time and commitment. Minimum attendance levels are required at meetings and trainings

  • All applicants will undergo a thorough background check and must have a clean police record. Applicants must be drug free

  • Applicants may not apply to multiple Placer County Sheriff's SAR teams simultaneously


* Previous experience in Search and Rescue is not necessary. All Mountain Rescue Team training is provided by Placer County Search and Rescue and the Mountain Rescue Team.