COVID-19 NOTICE: All HBSAR Explorer functions including training meetings, events, and academies are suspended until further notice. Explorers will be contacted by their direct supervisors with updates regarding the suspension. For any questions please email

Welcome to Huntington Beach Search & Rescue

Huntington Beach Search and Rescue Explorer Post #563 is chartered by the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America / Learning for Life and sponsored by the Huntington Beach Police and Fire Departments. It is a co-ed youth program designed to expose high school and college age men and women to careers in the emergency services field. It is open to ages 14 to 17 for new members, with a maximum age of 21 for participation.

Explorer Post # 563 was founded in 1962 as a Law Enforcement Explorer Post. Over the years it has developed into one of the premier Explorer Posts in Orange County. In 1982 the post took on a new challenge by expanding its focus to include firefighting exploring and becoming part of the Search and Rescue Explorer Program.


Recruitment Process

Huntington Beach Search & Rescue is currently accepting enrollment applications. We are seeking candidates between 14-17 years old, must be currently enrolled in high school, of good physical and moral character and maintain a GPA of 2.0 (C) average.

Our Training Program

On average, the members of Huntington Beach Search and Rescue provide over 4,500 hours of service to the city and citizens of Huntington Beach a year. Members also completed almost 5,000 hours of training to maintainthe needed skills to serve the community.

Recruitment Video

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Presynct Paperless Workflow

Thanks to a generous donation from Presynct, an automated paperless documentation and workflow company, our members can now create reports online!

Recruitment Information

We are now accepting applications for our 2019 academies!

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