What is Huntington Beach Search & Rescue?
Huntington Beach Search & Rescue (Specialty Explorer Post 563) is a unique unit designed to provide career and personal development, as well as a fun and friendly atmosphere for young men and women interested in police, fire, and / or rescue work. Huntington Beach Search & Rescue also provides a well-trained emergency services unit to assist public agencies in minor, as well as, major disasters in the city, county, and state levels.
The program is open to all 8th grade graduates, both male and female, who are at least 14 years and not yet 18 years of age (members may stay in the post until the age of 21). Members must be of high moral and citizenship standards, and maintain a minimum 2.0 “C” GPA in high school.
Explorer Post #563 was originally founded in 1962 as a Law Enforcement Explorer Post. Over the years it has developed into one of the premier explorer groups in Building-Entrance-With-Flag Orange County. In 1982 the organization took on a new challenge by expanding its focus to include firefighting training and becoming part of the Search and Rescue Explorer Program. Based on training provided by Police and Fire Department Personnel, explorers gain knowledge and experience in areas specific to their desired career path.
Huntington Beach Search & Rescue has been named “The Official Color Guard of Huntington Beach” by the city council. Our award-winning color guard opens the annual 4th of July parade, presents the colors at many of the city council sessions, as well as Flag Day ceremonies, city dedications, etc.
Serious work is not the only function of Search and Rescue. We always allow time for fun, friendship, and laughter. As the saying goes, “all work and no play is no fun at all,” we make it a point to get away at least one week each year. Some of the trips have included visits to Yosemite, San Diego/Coronado, Kern County, Lake Havasu, and the local mountains for snowboarding. Explorers also enjoy participating in paintball, the infamous annual holiday party, and last but certainly not least, dirt bike riding.