Join the Cave Rescue Team
- Be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma and a valid driver’s license.
- Complete a Volunteer Forces Preliminary Application and mail it to the Volunteer Forces Unit.
- Pass an oral interview with the Team/Sheriff’s Department.
- Complete a Citizen Volunteer Application for the Sheriff’s Department.
- Have a valid 1st Aid and CPR certification good through the end of the year.
First-Year Probation Requirements
- Attend the Sheriff’s Department Basic Search and Rescue (BSAR) Course (40 hours, presented on two weekends). Upon course completion, take and pass the N.A.S.A.R. SAR Technician II Certification test.
- Attend the Sheriff’s Department Technical Rescue Basics Course (50 hours, presented on two weekends) within the first year.
- Attend a National Cave Rescue Commission Seminar (NCRC) during the first two years, or have attended a seminar during the last four years.
- Pass the Department’s Driver Awareness Course within the first six months.
- Pass the Sheriff’s Department Personal Vertical Skills and Basic Rope Technician tests.
Recurrent Membership Requirements
- Once accepted to the team as a Citizen Volunteer, you will be expected to:
- Pass the Sheriff’s Department Personal Vertical Skills on an annual basis.
- Pass the Sheriff’s Department Basic Rope Technician on a bi-annual basis.
- Maintain the gear on the Personal Equipment Checklist .
- Attend a minimum of 75% of all team training sessions and meetings per calendar year. All of the meetings are scheduled concurrently with training days to minimize trips for our members.
- Annual attendance must include: a minimum of two in-cave training sessions (come on, if you don’t want to go in caves, why be on the team?!) ; the December meeting/training day; the annual skills certification day.
- Completion of an NCRC Seminar, the TRBC, Basic SAR Course, or a week-long related training course will count the same as an in-cave training session.
- Maintain 1st Aid and CPR certification.
- Attend an NCRC Seminar every four years in some capacity (student or instructor). You may repeat seminar levels 1, 2 or 3 as desired.
- Individuals who do not maintain their annual requirements will be dropped from the team rolls, due to County liability issues.