Welcome to the Cal-ESAR Home Page

About Cal-ESAR

California Explorer Search and Rescue (Cal-ESAR) is a volunteer search and rescue team based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We respond to searches and other emergencies throughout Northern California from the Fresno area to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. Cal-ESAR is a resource of the Governor's Office of Emergency Service -- for more information on Cal-OES and its role in law enforcement, search and rescue and fire response click on the logo below. 

We operate as a non-profit organization open to motivated adults (and youth 16 and older).

 Additional information on the unit, our history and our mission is available via the menu to the left. Unit events can be found on the calendar below. A

 description of our training program can be found here


Cal-ESAR and Allied Agency Events

Official Cal-ESAR events are in Green, Allied Agency events are in Red

Are we missing an event? Something need to be changed?  Let us know at training@cal-esar.org.

Yosemite National Park, one of our many search areas.


Join us!

Our recruitment window is open for new volunteers! 
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you want to make a difference and give back to your community doing what you enjoy?  If the answer is yes, consider becoming a Search and Rescue volunteer with Cal-ESAR. Our training cycle starts in October and welcomes those that want to help when someone’s life literally depends on the efforts of others. It's a rewarding experience. Provide your contact info below and we'll be in touch. (we don't share your info with anyone for any reason, period)

Sponsors and Supporters

  • Cal-ESAR is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that is prepared to respond 24/7/365. Most of the cost of the preparation and response is covered by the members themselves, but we do need assistance with some equipment purchases and training. This includes the wear and tear on team vehicles, rescue and communications equipment, facilities and various supplies. No charges are ever made to subjects or local governments. All of our funding comes from membership dues, grants and donations from people like you or your organization.

    CalESAR is listed as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the Internal Revenue Service and thus all donations are tax deductible.

    How To Donate:
    There are several ways: Use this link to pick your favorite, or ...

    Contact the Cal-ESAR Treasurer

  • Support Cal-ESAR while you shop..Click Here!
    Posted Aug 10, 2017, 4:45 PM by Ken Buscho
  • YMCA-Point Bonita Special thanks to YMCA-Point Bonita for accommodating our Tech Skills Training weekend.WWW.YMCA- Point Bonita
    Posted Apr 20, 2016, 10:55 PM by Ken Buscho
  • San Mateo Elks Lodge No.1112 San Mateo Elks Lodge No.1112 has been a benefactor of Cal-ESAR from the very beginning, and serves as the sponsor of the Boy Scout side of our operation ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2016, 10:42 PM by Ken Buscho
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Useful Links and Resources

  • Animated Search and Rescue Knots (by Grog) Animated Knots by Grog is a popular website on knots, covering categories on climbing, fishing, camping, boating and a host of other categories.  Especially hand for the SAR member are ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2015, 11:03 AM by Ken Buscho
  • Pierce County Explorer Search and Rescue In 1956 Explorer Search and Rescue (ESAR) was formed in King County starting with one explorer post. Search and rescue (SAR) was in its infancy in the United States and ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2012, 2:44 PM by Ken Buscho
  • King County Explorer Search and Rescue (ESAR) King County Explorer Search and Rescue (ESAR) is the largest of nine units in the King County Search and Rescue Association (KCSARA). The 100% volunteer organization was founded in 1954 ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2012, 2:36 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Geographic Magnetic Calculator The Geographic Magnetic Calculator is a tool to help you determine UTM Coordinates and the Magnetic Declination that correspond to a longitude/latitude location. GeoMag is freeware and can be ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2015, 11:04 AM by Ken Buscho
  • Cal-Trans Road Conditons In addition to seeing a Google Map representation of on-going traffic issues in California, you can get information on a specific road athttp://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2015, 11:05 AM by Ken Buscho
  • San Francisco/Monterey National Weather Service Forecast Office Weather information for the Bay Area from the National Weather service. http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/
    Posted Aug 28, 2012, 2:13 PM by Ken Buscho
  • California State Parks California Department of Parks and Recreation manages more than 270 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2012, 2:03 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Yosemite Conservancy Dedicated to Yosemite - Yosemite Conservancy preserves the park for future generations. We restore trails and scenic lookouts, and protect habitat and wildlife. Visitors also enjoy our educational programs and facilities ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2012, 1:56 PM by Ken Buscho
  • National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) NASAR is an education association comprised of thousands of dedicated paid and nonpaid personnel - all active or interested in search and rescue, disaster aid, emergency medicine and awareness education. We ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2012, 1:49 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Bay Area Search and Rescue Council (BASARC) The Bay Area Search And Rescue Council (BASARC) was formed in 1990 to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and information, establish working groups to develop common training ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2012, 1:41 PM by Ken Buscho
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