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Search and Rescue Team Needs More Members to Help Save Lives

Malibu SAR, which is part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, is made up of volunteers who perform rescues mostly in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Malibu Search and Rescue Team needs more members to help hoist hikers to safety, pull motorists from ravines and other dangerous tasks it is called to perform.

“We need adventurous citizens that want to make a difference somewhere, and I know they’re out there," team captain Mark Campbell told The Acorn in a recent interview.

To make the team, candidates, who need to be at least 21 years old, must be willing to become a reserve deputy sheriffs and emergency medical technician, according to the newspaper. To become a reserve deputy sheriff, the person must attend the LASD academy part time for a minimum of six months

Malibu SAR, which is part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, is made up of volunteers who perform rescues mostly in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The team is on track for a record-breaking year already with 90 calls as of Friday. 

David Katz, the group's public information officer and a lawyer, said the team is one of the busiest in the state.

“We are looking for people who don’t mind waking up at 2 a.m. to rappel 600 feet over the side of a canyon to help a victim of a car accident, or relish the thought of going out of a helicopter from 100 feet off the ground on a Saturday afternoon to rescue an injured hiker,” Katz told The Acorn.

To learn more about the team, visit www.malibusar.org.

Amy August 20, 2012 at 12:32 AM
It is very silly to me how a plea for more search and rescue volunteers turned into a bickering match between 2 women mostly concerning littering and who's fault it is or isn't that these sites are growing in popularity. Talk about short attention spans. Yes littering is a problem, but it appears right now they need volunteers. I hope the article helps get the adventurous types to look into being part of search and rescue. Good luck malibu SAR.
Amy August 20, 2012 at 02:35 AM
@ jessica, it wasn't very fair of you to go back and delete your post's where you seemed to be side tracked from the real issue, and that didn't have reference to your interviews or research, by doing so you just kinda hung wendi out to dry or thru her under the bus if you will, in regards to my last post about getting off the point and bickering. Not a very mature or professional way of handling your conversation with her today, In my opinion by deleting anything that showed your display of wanting to appear to be the one who knew it all. You've just discredited any research you spoke of doing early with me because I think your actions in this whole situation have proven to be quite childish.
Thank you to Jessica and the Patch for the ongoing support and for helping us to get the word out. Our team has successfully recruited folks interested in becoming reserve deputies and active rescue team members for decades. We only recently started a campaign via Facebook, Twitter and our great local online and print media to try to branch out and supplement our ongoing recruiting efforts. As we have mentioned before on the Patch, the cost of deploying Malibu SAR is relatively nominal, particularly because we depend almost entirely on philanthropy and grants rather than taxpayer funds. So, if you want to support our team's efforts, go to our webpage malibusar.org and donate. Also, sign up for us on Twitter and "like" us on Facebook so that you can get up to the minute information our activities. The community support we have received has always been and remains tremendous. Whether we have 30 rescues each year or 150 rescues, we still need to maintain a strong, dedicated, professional rescue team capable of serving the communities, citizens and visitors to the Santa Monica Mountains. The vast majority of folks that we encounter are simply enjoying the great outdoors that our national, state and conservancy agencies maintain. These agencies also do a great job with ever increasingly stretched budgets.
Jessica E. Davis August 20, 2012 at 03:22 AM
You are welcome @Malibu SAR. I'm happy to write about your needs and efforts any time.
Wendi Werner August 20, 2012 at 02:58 PM
@ Amy. The real issue is that our City is being held responsible for problems that are out of their control. It's not about littering, it is much more than that. Jessica removed her post for good reason and I understand where she is coming from.

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