Intro & Info Events

If you're interested in joining Cal-ESAR, we require attendance at an Intro & Info Event as the first step. These are one hour sessions with a presentation and Q&A. They take place throughout the Bay Area in May-June.

We are no longer taking applications for our Fall 2020 Candidate class. If you're interested complete this form and we'll let you know in March of 2021 when the 2021 Intro & Info Events are scheduled.

Covid-19 Related Notice

The dates/venues below are subject to change due to the Covid-19 restrictions at the time. It is important you register for an event if you plan on attending. The week before the event we will send a confirmation that the event is proceeding as planned, or needs to be postponed / moved, and request that you confirm you still plan on attending.

  • If you are ill or have any Covid-19 symptoms, please DO NOT attend.

  • We are going to be very strict about social distancing and mask wearing at every event.

  • Every event will have attendance limits so we can maintain social distancing.

  • Events will be held outdoors if possible.

  • Please bring your own mask.

Thanks for your cooperation in keeping everyone well.

2020 Intro & Info Events

Intro & Info Events are held on weekday nights and during the day on a Saturday or Sunday. All our Intro & Info Events are hosted in space generously donated by Sports Basement.


  • San Francisco

    • Presidio

  • East Bay

    • Walnut Creek

    • Orinda

  • Peninsula

    • Sunnyvale

Please read the following before signing up for an Intro & Info Event, if you are interested in joining our team.

  1. Background Check: Cal-ESAR operates under the direction of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Law Enforcement Division and as such all members must pass an extensive background check.

    • If you have *ever* been convicted of a felony you can not be accepted into our program. Please do not apply.

    • Gender identification does not affect the Cal-ESAR selection process, but the FBI background check requires a M/F gender selection.

  2. Your physical location: Cal-ESAR is based in Northern California and as a practical matter if you live outside of the greater Bay / Sacramento Areas we are not the best team for you logistically. Our training program requires one overnight weekend a month (primitive camping) in the Bay Area from October through May and regular, ongoing physical presence there after.


Once you find an Intro & Info Event (options below) that fits your schedule, please use this link to let us know you're attending. During Covid-19 restrictions we may not be able to admit you if you 'drop in' without signing up.

It helps us plan staff and seating at the events, and allows you to opt-in for reminders / updates, and to be notified in case we have to postpone on short noticed if we are called to respond to a search emergency.

Please use this link to contact us for recruiting / application related questions:


San Francisco

June , 2021- TBD

7:15-8:30 PM

Sports Basement, Presidio

610 Old Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94129

June , 2021 - TBD

7:15-8:30 PM

Sports Basement, Bryant

1590 Bryant St,San Francisco, CA 94103

East Bay

Walnut Creek

June , 2021- TBD

10:30-12:00 PM

Sports Basement

1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598


June , 2021- TBD

7:15 -8:30 PM

Sports Basement

2727 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94703

South Bay


June , 2021- TBD

10:30-12:oo PM

Sports Basement

1177 Kern Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085