The Montrose Search & Rescue Team is celebrating its 72nd year. Originally formed in 1942, the team is comprised of local community members who are sworn reserve deputies and high-risk volunteer members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. In addition to being certified EMTs, the team has members who are specially trained for underground/mine rescues as well as ice rescue. This results in the team often being called to other counties in California to assist with their rescues.
The year 2013 was the third busiest year for the team in its 72-year history. The team was called into service 95 times, compared to last year’s record high of 113 calls.
12-06 Search – Assist Altadena Team; lost hiker. Eaton Canyon
12-08 Recovery – Assist the AV team; body recovery. Angeles Forest Highway
12-13 Rescue – Two hikers stranded on a cliff. Veterans Park
12-15 Rescue – Car over side. Little Tujunga Canyon
12-17 Rescue – Car over side. Big Tujunga Canyon
12-19 Rescue – Car over side. Angeles Forest Highway
12-22 Search – Assist Altadena team; four overdue mountain bikers. Arroyo Seco/Switzers
12-23 Search – Continued search for four overdue mountain bikers – located. Arroyo Seco/Switzers
12-23 Search – Overdue mountain biker – located. Arroyo Seco/Switzers
12-29 Search – Overdue hikers – located. Big Tujunga Canyon.
Montrose Search & Rescue is always seeking community members who want to volunteer their time saving lives and reuniting lost hikers with their families. To learn more, attend the monthly meeting held the first Monday of each month at CV Sheriff Station, 4554 Briggs Ave. in La Crescenta, at 7:30 pm.