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About Us

San Jose Search and Rescue (SJSAR) was founded in 1968, and quickly evolved into an all volunteer, ground search resource in Northern California. SJSAR later incorporated as a tax exempt non-profit in 1969. From that point forward, SJSAR has offered its services to the City of San Jose through cooperative agreements with the San Jose Police Department, San Jose Fire Department, and City Office of Emergency Services. SJSAR has also responded to mutual aid requests to assist other agencies throughout the State of California.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, SJSAR is funded entirely by donations, grants, fundraising events, and membership dues. The City of San Jose supports the Team with surplus vehicles, fuel, training facilities, and a headquarters building when space is available. 

With over 40 years of continuous service to the Community, SJSAR has responded to hundreds of emergency requests including locating downed aircraft, flood evacuations, searches for missing and kidnapped persons, technical rope rescues, evidence searches, body recoveries, medical support for special events, and swift water rescues.

A unique focus on comprehensive training and specialized equipment has allowed for safe and effective operations. With a roster of over 50 volunteers, SJSAR is committed to public service.

SJSAR is organized with a (3) person Board of Directors and corporate officers including a President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Field Operations Officer. In addition, a Membership Committee handles all human resources responsibilities. The Field Operations Officer is responsible for operational activities, public information, agency representation with San Jose Fire / OES and San Jose Police, training, communications, and support services.
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