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Long Beach Search & Rescue


Through a program of community service, the mission of Long Beach Search & Rescue is to provide to young adults exposure to careers in public safety, and opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

The Long Beach Search & Rescue Unit is an award winning Learning for Life Explorer Post co-sponsored by the Long Beach Police Motor Patrol Association and Long Beach Firefighters Associations. For the past 50 years, we have trained young adults in urban search and rescue techniques, while providing positive role models in a climate of leadership and responsibility. Members are encouraged to explore career possibilities in law enforcement, fire suppression and emergency medical services.

The Unit is comprised of approximately 100 young adults between the ages of 15 and 21, senior staff instructors and adult advisors (police officers and firefighters). Unit members are on call 24 hours a day and volunteer thousands of hours each year in support of our police and fire departments during:

  • Missing person and evidence searches
  • Major fires
  • Logistical support at major crime scenes
  • Aircraft accidents
  • Hazardous material incidents
  • Major flooding and power failures
  • Earthquake response
  • Mass casualty incidents
  • Neighborhood evacuations
  • Traffic and crowd control
  • Emergency communications crime prevention programs

Requirements to join the Unit are:

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 18 at the time of application
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA while in school
  • Be physically fit
  • Be willing to devote your time to training, community events and emergency callouts

Long Beach Search and Rescue has proven to be a valuable youth program that serves our community and develops the leaders of tomorrow. The Unit meets weekly on Tuesday nights at 2247 Argonne Avenue, behind Fire Station 17, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Please visit our website at LBSAR.org for further information.