? El Dorado Search and Rescue – Tahoe Team

Our Mission

Be safe. Get the job done. Serve the citizens and visitors of El Dorado County.

The El Dorado County Sheriff Search and Rescue - Tahoe Team is one of the busiest backcountry rescue teams in the country. Our team of professionally trained volunteers provide search and rescue services to the residence and visitors of El Dorado County. With over a million acres of forest land, EDSAR responds to overdue and injured people night and day in all weather conditions.

A partial list of our capabilities includes:
  • Technical Rope Rescue
  • Technical Snow & Ice Travel
  • Mechanized Snow Travel
  • Basic Medical Care
  • Water Rescue (Lake Tahoe)
  • K9 Search
  • Helicopter Insert & Evacuation

Join the Team!

It's challenging. It's a second family. It's rewarding!

Being a member of a SAR team is demanding. As a member of our search and rescue team you will be expected to attend monthly training and at least 30% of callouts. The Tahoe terrain and weather are challenging, so field team members must possess a moderate physical fitness level and suitable gear. Support and command staff members need good decision making and communication skills.

If you have a good attitude and are dedicated to learning the craft of wilderness SAR, we will train you!

Contact us at join@eldoradosar.org for more information.

Support your Rescuers!

It takes lots of volunteer hours to maintain our unit. It also takes funding!

Maintaining a volunteer search and rescue team is cheap on salaries, but it still requires funding. Technical training, equipment and expendables is considerable for a team that routinely responds to over 80 calls each year. Over 50% of our budget comes in the form of donations. If you do any charitable giving, consider donating to us! Donations are tax deductible when made through El Dorado SAR Council (ESARC), our 501(c)(3) organization.

Federal Tax ID: 68-0097526

Send Donations To:
ESARC - Tahoe Team
1360 Johnson Blvd, Suite 100
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Or donate through PayPal:

Major Supporters

These companies and organizations support EDSAR, we encourage you to support them!

Tahoe Club 100
Base Camp Pizza
MacDuff's Public House
Flatstick Pub
SUP Tahoe

Contact Us

Email is the best - but we get mail too!

Email: join@eldoradosar.org

El Dorado Sheriff Search and Rescue
1360 Johnson Blvd, Suite 100
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150