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

Coronavirus related notice- The dates/venues below are subject to change due to the Stay at Home restrictions for the Bay Area. It is important you register for an event if you plan to attend. The week before the event we will send you a confirmation that the event is proceeding as planned, or needs to postponed according to the restrictions in place at the time. Thanks for your cooperation.

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
    • Bryant Street
  • East Bay
    • Walnut Creek
    • Berkeley
  • Peninsula
    • Sunnyvale


Once you find an Intro & Info Event (options below) that fits your schedule, please use this link to let us know you're attending.

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 due to an emergency response.


Two important Notes:

  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 please do not apply, you can not be accepted.
    • Gender identification does not affect the Cal-ESAR selection process, but the FBI background check requires a M/F gender selection.
  2. 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.

San Francisco


May 12, 2020-

7:15-8:30 PM

Sports Basement, Presidio

610 Old Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94129

May 14, 2020 - Canceled

June 10, 2020 - Still scheduled

7:15-8:30 PM

Sports Basement, Bryant

1590 Bryant St,San Francisco, CA 94103

East Bay

Walnut Creek

June 6, 2020- Still Scheduled

7:15-8:30 PM

Sports Basement

1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Berkeley- Still scheduled

June 4, 2020 and June 11, 2020

7:15-8:30 PM

Sports Basement

2727 Milvia St, Berkeley

South Bay

Sunnyvale- Still scheduled

June 20, 2020

1:15-2:30 PM

Sports Basement

1177 Kern Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085