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Sarcity operates under the authority and direct support of the San Bernardino County Sheriff and Cal EMA. Recent changes now require that Sarcity registration observe government affiliation attendance restrictions. All attendee’s and Instructors at Sarcity must be an active or retired member or affiliate member of a verifiable Governmental agency. This includes Law enforcement, Fire, EMS, and SAR. No "independent" SAR teams, organizations, or individuals are permitted. Please insure that on your registration form you list the government agency and supervisor contact information so that membership or affiliation can be verified.

All attendee’s must show valid agency ID.

If your not sure of your affiliation status please contact us so we may make a determination

SAR City runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the second weekend of October. Registration opens Friday at 3:00 p.m. in front of the gym with classes starting at 1800 to 2100; continuing Saturday from 0800 to 1730 and Sunday from 0800 to 1200.

SARCity is celebrating it's 43rd year this October 9th, 10th and 11th, 2015. There will be lots of new classes, while still offering the basics for those just getting into search and rescue. For those who have not heard of, or had the opportunity to attend SARCity, let me give you a short synopsis. SARCity is put on by the Barstow Desert Rescue Squad, in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Sheriff, OES, Barstow College and the over 100 instructors who volunteer their time and expertise. Over fifty classes are offered,some last an hour, others can go the whole weekend. Four excellent meals are provided,and for the weekend tent camping or motor home space is provided or stay at a motel within a couple miles. A Saturday night program starts with a barbeque, a special guest presentation, followed by a huge raffle. You will not find a better training experience at any level than here. Team participation is encouraged and we discount for five or more members. For specific questions please contact us.

Tuesday 10th of March 2015 04:25:08 PM
We are looking for new classes so if you have an idea or an instructor of interest please let us know.
Daryl Schendel

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 09:13:35 PM
2015 SAR City Proposed Courses offered by San Bernardino county Sheriffs Department

1. 1st Aid / CPR – SBSD Department Volunteer Certification
2. Horse & Rider Minimum Standards HARMS (Annual Recertification)
3. Technical Rescue Awareness Certification
4. SAR Skills Recertification
5. Drivers Awareness SBSD Certification
6. Basic Mountaineering Course (Classroom Portion)
7. Off Highway Vehicle Certification (&Re-Cert)
8. Sworn Department Coordinators / Supervisors Course
9. Investigative Man Tracking Course / POST Certification
10. S&R Communications Course
11. 1st Operation Period of a Search
12. Heli-Tac (S&R Helicopter) Certification
13. Large Animal Evacuations (S&R Posse Oriented)
14. Amateur Radio (Ham) Radio License Certification
15. S&R Mapping
16. S&R Planning (ICS Command Post Position)
17. S&R Operations (ICS Command Post Position)
18. OES Abduction – Mission Person OES Course
19. GPS Download into mapping
20. Debriefing S&R Members
21. Vehicle / Trailer / OHV - Annual Inspection Certification
22. Human Bone Recognition for S&R Members
23. Topographical Map & Magnetic Compass Course
24. GPS Operation
25. Incident Action Plan (Command Post Function)
26. Equestrian / Posse - 1st Aid / Care / Equipment
27. Canine (SAR Dog) - 1st Aid / Care / Equipment
28. Introduction to the Advanced EMT (AEMT) Program
29. S&R Member Nutrition
30. S&R Member Wilderness Survival
31. Basic Knot Course
32. Introduction to S&R ICS

James Hutchinson

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 11:35:27 PM
All Participants this year will be required to sign a hold harmless agreement. For mail in registration I have just attached a copy to the mail in form. Online registrants may print the form below and bring it with you however for your convenience we will have copies available at the registration window.

Indemnity and Hold Harmless Agreement
James Hutchinson

Friday 2nd of October 2015 02:12:10 PM
This year there will be 2 ATV classes offered one on Saturday Morning and one Sunday Morning starting at 0800 till 1200. Each class can accommodate 16 riders. Atv's are provided but bring personal gear and this is a first come first sign up class. Let Clint know right away if you want to attend. On Saturday afternoon the atv track will offer an OHV SAR SEARCH TECHNIQUE class consisting of up to an hour of classroom, and then to the field for a practical mock search. You must have had the ATV basic class to participate in this.
Clint Hiett

Friday 2nd of October 2015 02:28:23 PM
There are some new and interesting vendors coming this year so please take a look at the vendor list and their websites. Sadly Mountain Hardware will not be joining us this year. With the passing of Bob, a replacement has not been designated so hopefully next year they will return. Bob was an icon at Sarcity and will be truly missed.
Clint Hiett

Friday 2nd of October 2015 02:34:15 PM
For those that are new to S&R, or have never taken Heller's tracking class, it is a must! This class is tops in the Country and some of us have taken it 3 and 4 times, always learning something new. This class is NOT POST certified but you will receive a cert stated you attended. Track is 16 hours long, starts at 1800 on Friday night, goes all day Saturday and Sunday morning till noon. You won't be disappointed! FYI!!! Heller will not be here this year himself as his son has decided to wed on this weekend. However his staff and trainers offer the same awesome training, experiences and quality. This we know for a fact having just attended this class up in Big Bear.
Clint Hiett

Friday 2nd of October 2015 03:48:17 PM
Just got confirmation from Deputy Jacob Gault with Crimes against Children for San Bernardino County Sheriff, that he will be presenting his 2 hours class on Friday night from 1900 to 2100. Please note that this class can be graphic and explicit, and is geared more to search and rescue and will for sure leave an impression on you. This is an excellent class and one you do not want to miss. Guaranteed to open your eyes and make you aware!
Clint Hiett

Friday 2nd of October 2015 04:16:45 PM
If you want to have fun, and if you think you have done it all, then the Night Navigation class is a must. This class is on Friday night and is a blast, never mind the challenge of hitting your mark in the dark. If you do not work well with others, then it might be a struggle for you. The instructor Wes Podboy does an awesome job of getting his practical point across, and if you do any tracking at all, especially at night, this class is a must.
Clint Hiett


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Take I15 North (towards Las Vegas); exit Barstow Road, turn right onto Barstow Road and proceed approximately 1 1/2 miles south. Barstow Community College is on the right hand side. Registration is located at the front of the College Gym.