A lot of planning and effort goes into ensuring that the unit operates effectively. The full membership meets twice a month, the board meets once a month, and training goes on through out the year. The call out process is well documented and we everyone knows exactly what is expected of them when a call for assistance comes in. Training and documentation is very important - particularly when we are called out at 2AM. Everything must simply happen automatically.
The following will give you some idea of what we expect to occur when a call out occurs. The Equipment List will show you all the bits and pieces that each member has to have organized and ready to go. It's really important to have all of this packed in advance as it can take literally hours of stumbling around at 2AM to collect it, time that would be better spent searching, or resting for a morning operation.
Cal-ESAR is on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We've been called out during work, during school, at night, during birthday parties, high school graduations and during nearly every major holiday. This can cause some interesting problems!
Since Cal-ESAR is staffed entirely by volunteers, there is no legal obligation for any member to respond on any mission. However, we hope that our members understand the urgency associated with SAR, and to take it upon themselves to respond whenever it is possible. If you know you are going to be out of town, or unavailable for any reason, leave a message on the Ops Line, or contact a member of the Cal-ESAR Operations Staff.