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The Upper Ojai Search and Rescue team carries a variety of specialized equipment. Below is some of the unique rescue gear we have to meet the needs our our community. The information on the right of the images was gleaned from the manufacturers website with some notes from us. This equipment was purchase with your donations.

Statistics show that more than 200,000 Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest every year. Up to 50,000 of these deaths could have been prevented if an automated external defibrillator (AED) had been available for immediate use.  We carry and AEDs in our rescue trucks to every event.

Physio Control

The Motorola HT1250™ Portable Two Way Radio is an essential for our team's communications. We have many of these and we are actively buying more so every member can have one.  The large LCD display is extremely helpful in large communication networks, or an important feature in critical situations.

Out team is working on trading-out our old HT1000 radios and converting over to these better radios. Each year we try and by one or two more, but they are pricy.

This is our portable tactical repeater. It enables us to communicate over a large distances. This is a Motorola Spectra Portable Repeater VHF P1820AX Suitcase, they are pretty rate but we got our hands on one. They are very ruggedized. Ours also has an external battery for extended use. The battery pack not pictured is a Pelican case with two 33Ah batteries, for a combined rating of 66Ah. We also have a Siemens solar panel for longer deployments.

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L-Tronics direction finders are in use world-wide helping search and rescue crews save lives. Our DF receivers are specifically designed to locate aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs), marine Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and the new Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs).

Little L-Per� direction finders can be used for locating ELTs on airport ramps—where 95% of your searches end up. But those are easy. The L-Per’s really designed to locate the other 5%—ELTs out in the wild that are attached to a crashed airplane with a survivor waiting.

We have two of these and we use them in the event of a downed aircraft. All aircraft are required to have an emergency locator beacon (ELT) and in the event of a hard landing the system automatically begins to transmit. This piece of special equipment helps us quickly locate the source of the signal

This device is a Pointer Cadet 6000. It is used to generate a practice signal for the Little L-Per for training. We hide this somewhere in the county and we train by locating this beacon with the Little L-Per. The Cadet 6000 operates on specified training frequency as not to interfere with an actual emergency signal.

The Ferno K.E.D.® is a versatile, improved means of immobilizing and extricating patients from auto accidents or confined spaces. The wrap-around design provides horizontal flexibility for easy application and vertical rigidity for maximum support of the spine, neck, and head during extrication. 

We primary use this for car accidents or sand rail accidents in Hungry Valley and on Hwy 33.

The Pedi~Air Align’s patented dual plane head drop system allows for a patient to be completely immobilized while managing their airway simultaneously. The board accommodates the larger occipital area of a child's head, creating neutral alignment of the airway, which is critical to maintaining a patient’s airway.

We have one of these in each of our rescue trucks these are great for small children who have been involved in a quad accident, or sustained some other head, neck or back injury.


The Titan Split-Apart stretcher design is based on a concept that was developed and proven by a leading rescue organization. The stretcher “hinges” together at the middle, and is then secured by threaded collets on the top rail. This design is quick and easy to assemble or take apart, it eliminates the problems associated with inserting one tube into another, as well as with having to place pins etc. This is the litter we have carry in our Black truck. We are planning on buying another in the near future for the white truck. We keep the litter split in two pieces attached to an optional backpack. This way it is ready to be deployed and hike down to the injured subject.


Out Alpine stretcher is named after the rugged British Columbia mountain range it was designed to excel in, the Bugaboo has major features that set it apart from all other stretchers. Model 11-0126 is made up of a Fiberglass shell and Stainless Steel frame, and weighs in at 27 lbs. This stretcher is also a split-apart litter manufactured from the company who makes the one listed above.


The Mule Litter Wheel is designed to be truly “ universal ” , and easily accept s any type and style of rigid litter regardless of the shape or style. The single-wheel design allows for ease of movement in the roughest terrain. Ideally suited for narrow trails, it easily tracks over bogs, ruts, roots, rocks, snow etc., giving the patient the smoothest-possible ride.

This we really like, it makes it easier to transport injured people over a long distance with our exhausting the rescuers or making the ride too bumpy for the injured party. We care on of this in the black truck and an older one in the White truck.

Starting with the GORE-TEX® Meridian, Kokatat set out to make a suit that would withstand the rigors of modern expedition paddling. The most popular options were added: reflective tape, a left sleeve pocket, GORE-TEX® socks and, of course, a relief zipper. We use these drysuites for water rescue. They keep us warm and dry and with reflective bans on the arms help us been seen at night. These are price but well worth the extra safety. This isn't the actual picture but we use use the Yellow SAR drysuit which is the same except for the hood.

The Pelican 2640 uses a super bright 1 watt LED that can be activated in 4 modes: low, medium, high, and flashing (for emergencies). The body is tough ABS resin that's corrosion proof and resistant to extreme temperatures. The 90° pivoting head allows you to aim light right where you need it. Behind it is a handy battery power gauge that shows the level of usage. The light weight battery pack houses 3 AA alkaline cells (included). The 2630 comes with two kinds of straps: a rubber strap for your hard hat or helmet and a comfortable and adjustable cloth strap for bare head. The HeadsUp Lite 2630 is a great hands-free light for work, camping, and hiking.

polar star headlamp

The Polar Star by Black Diamond is designed to light cold-weather darkness, the Polar Star stands up to the battery-draining cold with a detachable battery pack that can be tucked into your coat to stay warm.

Roughly 3/4 of all avalanche victims die from asphyxiation. If you can find the victim and get them air within 15 minutes, their chances of survival are good—barring major trauma. If you miss that window, their chances drop precipitously. With the Tracker, you’ll shave valuable minutes off the search, giving your companion their best possible shot at survival.  Our team has 10 of these units for our Alpine team. We use the mainly when we respond to out of county calls, near Mammoth or Mt. Baldy.

  • 6500 watts max.
  • Eco-Throttle equipped
  • iMonitor Equipped
  • Starter: Electric with Recoil back up
  • Noise level: 52-60 dB 60dB is normal speech!
  • Weight: Around 253 lbs. Dry 

Being able to have the power where we need it and also that it is so quite. Thank you grant money!

HP DesignJet 500 Series plotters are the perfect choice for our search and rescue team who needs a smart, reasonably priced plotter.  The 24" HP DesignJet 500 plotter delivers clear, crisp maps with rich true colors and uncompromising image quality. Being able to print the exact map you need is priceless and we like our plotter very much. Thank you grant money!

Our new mountain top repeater installed in the new Sisar Repeater Station. This new repeater has increased our communications as much as when we first got walkie talkies. It is the $15,000 repeater and is powered by solar panels and backed up by batteries. It covers most of the county and back county; where we do most of our search missions.


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Site Last modified: March 24, 2012