Our Training Program
On average, the members of the 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. Needless to say, the benefits of this type of service record have far-reaching, positive effects on the City of Huntington Beach as well as Orange County, California.
To achieve such a high state of readiness HBSR members complete training in the following areas:
Huntington Beach Search & Rescue maintains pistols, rifles, and shotguns for practical training as well as friendly competition. At least once each year, the post has its members certified by qualified Firearms Instructors from the Huntington Beach Police Department. This ensures that our shooters are the safest and best qualified.
The membership is also trained in rappelling, rock climbing, Z-Rig, Slide for Life, and other rescue techniques such as ascending and rappelling down and ascending the flat cement walls of the six story-training tower.
Knowledge of the proper use of air packs, fire extinguishers, hoses, hydrants, and pumping trucks as well as all other fire fighting equipment has given us the opportunity to assist the fire department during emergency call-outs. Our unit has also been trained in the operation of the city’s heavy-duty emergency lighting truck. In addition, the Huntington Beach Search & Rescue has been trained in basic firehouse operations, auto extrication, wild land training, haz-mat, flashover, CPR, triage, tower burns, crash fire airport operations, cribbing and shoring, as well as mass casualty incident training.
Police related training includes crowd and traffic control, finger printing, car stops, firearms, evidence searches, building searches, self defense, arrest and control, public relations, and scene safety/management. Many civic events that are major crowd and traffic draws including the 4th of July fireworks and parade show have seen smoother traffic flow and increased public safety as a result of our presence. Search & Rescue has also been used for finger printing, crime scene evidence searches, security, etc.
The explorers are allowed to ride with police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and the police helicopter while on duty. This gives the member a unique opportunity to observe and experience, first hand, the actual duties and operation of the police and fire departments.
Huntington Beach Search & Rescue may be called anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to assist a public agency in the city, county, or state. Call-outs include evidence searches at crime scenes, assistance to the fire department on major fires, assistance to the police during major occurrences that require crowd and/or traffic control, major disasters and more.