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The Upper Ojai Rescue Team has developed a number of specialty teams
to enable team members gain a higher level of training and experience to better
serve our communities. The
specialty team members are true experts in their field, with a lifetime's worth
of field and rescue experiences. Click on the photo to be taken to the specialty
team's web page or you can use the menu panel to the left..
The Alpine specialty team is a group of dedicated members who excel in the
world of snow, rock and ice. They are extremely adapted to operating in frigid
snowy environments at high elevations. They are individuals who have received advanced
training in navigation, avalanche dangers and winter survival skills. The special team
leaders have completed the California Office of Emergency Services Search Management class
for the Direction and Control of the Search Function Winter SAR course. Special
gear the teams use are special dry dynamic ropes, avalanche beacons, avalanche
probes, shoves, snow shoes, and cramp-ons just to name a few specialty items.
Each member has been issued special clothing for operating in the extreme cold
and each member must carry a pack that will ensure their survival for 72 hours.
The swiftwater specialty team are members who have achieved advanced training in
water rescue. These members are very familiar and have a great deal of respect
for the power of moving water. Much of the training in preparing for a water rescue is
making sure the rescuer does not also become a victim. The rivers and creeks in
our area become very different when it rains. The rivers and stream experience a
huge increase in velocity and pick-up a
great deal of debris. All the
member of the swiftwater rescue team have completed the Rescue 3 Swiftwater
Rescue Technician and the team leaders have successfully completed the Rescue 3 Advanced Swiftwater
classes. Special gear the teams use are Kokatat SAR
Goretex dry suits, special life jackets for rescue work, rope guns for shooting
a rope over the river, inflatable white water boats and some big boogie boards
called Carlson boards.
The Climbing specialty team are the rock climbers of our team. They all have
been climbing for many years, some in in excess of 30 years and for a few for their entire life
time. Rock climbing takes special training and years of dedication to become
safe and efficient. A few of the team members have climbed all over
the world with many of climbs up the big walls in Yosemite. Special gear for
rock, include dynamic climbing ropes, climbing harness, victim harnesses. Then
you get in to the protection aspect, where you have carabiners, camalots (cams),
stoppers, micro stoppers, wired hex set, quick draws, and of course your
climbing helmet and climbing shoes. All of this gear is carried with either the
lead climber to insure everyone safety.
Off-Road Quad & Motorcycle Team
The Upper Ojai Search and Rescue team has a a motorcycle/quad specialty team,
whose members are trained and certified operators of quads and motorcycles. We
use these to access areas which are more quickly and safely access with smaller
vehicles. We are in the process of acquiring a six wheeled vehicle like a John
Deere mule for our search and rescue needs. The quads are mostly purchased with
money from our fundraiser and the Mule should be a government surplus item. We
are in the process of securing two motorcycles, so we don't have to relay on
personal motorcycles for search missions. If you are interested in helping raise
funds or donating a motorcycle please contact us on our contact page.