Monday, September 17, 2012

Sierra Madre Search and Rescue


This building is the home of the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) Team, founded in 1951, and covering search and rescue needs in the mountains above Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Monrovia and Duarte.  The SMSR Team was the first of its kind in California, and there are now seven such teams in Los Angeles County.

Since its beginnings with a group of sixteen outdoorsmen, the all-volunteer group has grown to several dozen dedicated men and women, with a stringent selection process and initial training which takes about fifteen months.  Because of this, no member of the SMSR Team has ever been seriously injured during a search and rescue operation.  This is no small feat, considering the high number of rescues they deal with each year including, according to SierraMadreNews.net, eighteen this past JulyHere, from the Team's website, is an interesting personal account of a successful rescue.

In addition to its search and rescue work, the Team, which is completely funded by donations from the community, provides wilderness safety programs to the public.

"Regardless of whether it's a twisted ankle, a fallen climber, or an overdue hiker, the Team will be there."

 

10 comments:

  1. I like their can-do motto! We've some volunteer teams like this around here, and I've always admired these dedicated men and women - no community could do without them!

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    1. Isn't it great that we have people like this?

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  2. Totally agree with Lulu. Another beautiful sky to share as well. Hope you are keeping cool. Have been getting reports about the heat that seems to go on and on.

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    1. That was a great sky-day! Trying to keep cool. I fear that it will never be Fall, but it did drop a few degrees today. Fingers are crossed! :)

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  3. Interesting bit of history. THanks.

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  4. These folks are the greatest. Fine research on your part, too.

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  5. Cool to learn that the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue was the first of its kind in California. The story on their website is riveting! They really do save lives. I tip my hat to them.

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    1. Wasn't that story amazing?? I loved how they made her feel so at ease when they were hiking out with her. Glad I came upon the building while looking for a eucalyptus grove I heard about. It was great to learn more about them!

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