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The Upper Ojai team's Swift Water team covers the our response area of Upper Ojai, Ojai, Ventura, Santa Paula, Saticoy and Oxnard. This includes the Ventura River, Santa Clara River, the Santa Paula Creek, the San Antonio Creek and the Matilija Creek and finally the Sespe Creek. We also respond to water emergencies throughout the county. We are typically predeployed to known dangerous/flood prone areas able to respond quickly to an incident. Recently (2005) we rescued 3 people from vehicles and plucked 6 people from the Ventura river with assistance from the Sheriff's Helicopter. We also assisted in the evacuation of hundreds of people this year in the Ventura and Santa Clara Valleys. Below are some photos of the rescue in La Canada and some recent training exercises.

A white 4x4 trapped on a flooding road with two occu-
pants. Ojai SAR swift water team members and Ventura County firefighters work together to rescue the trapped couple from their pickup truck.  

Ojai SAR swift water rescue technician Jeff Cooper
and a Ventura County Firefighter assist victims to
safety, after they attempted to drive through a creek
engulfing the road.

Rescue swimmer Van Sciver swims the rope across
as another rescue swimmer stands ready as a safety.
Antonio M. Arizo

Successfully swimming the rope across. Here Ed
Morlan holds the rope as Van Sciver removes his
swim Fins. Ed is member of the East Valley Search
and Rescue team.
Photo: Antonio M. Arizo

The rope gun can be used to put the rope on the other
side of the river.
Photo: Antonio M. Arizo

Throw bag practice at the kern river. Photo by:
Corinne Clarke

Jeff Muth, just caught the throw rope, in the Kern

Team members work on developing a line [rope]
across the Kern River.

Team members from the entire county pose for a
picture during a recent swift water exercise drill
in Laughlin, NV.

"Live Bait" drill Colorado River Spring 2002.

Team members rowing across the Colorado River at
 recent swift water exercise drill in Laughlin, NV.

Team members building a boat system.  


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Site Last modified: March 24, 2012