The Napa County Search and Rescue (SAR) Team provides search and rescue services to all areas of Napa County and the surrounding Bay Area. The team's mission is to locate and rescue victims in urban areas or wild lands, aircraft and boating accidents, and in natural or man-made disasters. The team is always "mission ready" and available 24 hours a day.

Napa County SAR has a current authorized strength of 45 members, and is augmented by members of the Sheriff's Department Aero Squadron and Mounted Posse. Although administered by the Sheriff's Department, Napa County SAR is an all volunteer non-profit organization supported through grants and local donations. Members devote countless hours of their time in service of their community. The group is highly dedicated, proven by experience, and motivated by their desire to help others.

All members go through extensive training in search and rescue techniques when they join the unit. Continuous in-service training with mandatory attendance is provided by local experts in their fields of expertise and by opportunities at regional and national SAR trainings. All members are required to complete basic first-aid training and must meet SARTECH II/III requirements.



The Napa County SAR Team is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is available for wild land and urban searches, fire and flood evacuations, evidence recovery, and other duties as assigned by the Napa County Sheriff's Department.  The Napa County SAR Team also has responsibilities to furnish search teams to other counties throughout the state as required by the California Master Mutual Aid Agreement to which Napa County is a signatory.

If you would like any further information regarding SAR support, please contact Deputy Bryan Sardoch at the Napa County Sheriff's Office, (707) 253-4509.

There is nothing stronger than that of the bond that saves lives willingly with nothing in return.
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2017 Stats:

  • Over 7,100 volunteer hours this year in searches, fire assistance and advanced training exercises

  • 45 SAR missions including lost children, over due hikers, walkaway Alzheimer patients, evidence recovery and fire evacuations

  • Over 1,000 hours during the Napa Fire Complex

  • 15 Advanced Trackers

  • 19 HAM radio operators

  • 23 team members achieved WFA training or higher

  • 11 Bi-lingual team members including: French, Spanish, German, Dutch, and Portuguese

2018 STATS:

  • Went on 20 missions, including missing person searches, evidence searches and fire evacuations

  • Put in a total of 2,506 volunteer hours

  • 1,206 hours were dedicated to the Butte Valley Fire