About Cal-ESAR

California Explorer Search and Rescue (Cal-ESAR) is a volunteer search and rescue team based in the San Francisco Bay Area that responds to searches and other emergencies throughout the State of California. 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 (in High School and older).

 Additional information on the unit, our history, our mission, and a description of our training schedule is available via the menu to the left. Directions and maps to our meetings are available by clicking on the calendar event below.


Cal-ESAR Calendar of Events

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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For more information on training see our training webpage or contact us at: training@cal-esar.org

See you at training!


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Yosemite National Park, one of our many search areas.