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 July. Here, 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."