The Team

The Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team is a non-profit, all volunteer organization founded in 1951 to save lives through mountain rescue and outdoor safety education. The team motto of “anywhere in the wilderness that someone needs help…” has guided us through over 5,000 requests for help since our founding. 

Our primary area of operation is southern California, but the team has responded to calls for  help in areas extending from Baja, California, through the Sierra, and up to northern California, and as far east as Nevada and Utah. 

The Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team is affiliated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as high-risk, civilian volunteers and accredited through the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA). 

Our services are provided at no cost and are available through our 24-hour dispatcher at the Sierra Madre Police Department at (626)355-1414 or by calling 911.