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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, May 14, 2012

Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Celebrations include three county-wide events open to the public

Santa Barbara County Search And Rescue (SBCSAR) will celebrate its 50th anniversary of saving lives in the wilderness with a series of three public events in Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley over the weekend of May 19- 20, 2012.


Founded in 1962, SBCSAR responds to emergency searches and rescues throughout Santa Barbara County. As a member of the elite Mountain Rescue Association, SBCSAR also responds to mutual aid calls throughout California and the Western United States. The team responds to an average of 120-145 calls per year, making it one of the busiest teams in California. The all-volunteer team is comprised of about 40 members and is highly trained in technical rope rescue, swiftwater, alpine operations, search theory, tracking, aviation rescue, search dog deployment, and emergency medicine.

For more information about the team, please visit www.sbcsar.net or www.facebook.com/SBCSAR.

EVENT #1:

COMMUNITY AWARENESS EVENTSANTA BARBARA

Kiwanis Meadow @ Tuckers Grove Park

Cathedral Oaks Road & Turnpike Roads, Santa Barbara, CA

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm.

Family-friendly activities and games, including a meet-and-greet with search dog Kody; technical rope systems and tracking demonstrations; and hands-only CPR lessons from the American Heart Association.

EVENT #2:

RED CARPET RAFFLE

The Savoy: 409 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

$4,000 in raffle prizes have been generously donated from local merchants including Santa Barbara Skydive, Patagonia, Eagle Paragliding, Daniel Gehrs Winery, Surf With Vanessa, Channel Island Outfitters, The Palace Grill, Opal Restaurant, and more. Raffle tickets will be drawn by KEYT’s John Palminteri, and a DJ set will be provided by 103.3 The Vibe’s DJ Spencer. Tickets: $3 for 1 ticket, $5 for 2 tickets, $10 for 4 tickets.

EVENT #3:

COMMUNITY AWARENESS EVENTSANTA YNEZ VALLEY

Montanaro Farm: 2531 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Family-friendly activities and games, including a photo and news montage of team activities over the past 50 years; a walk-through of search and rescue off road vehicles and helicopter; a meet-and-greet with search dog Kody; technical rope systems and tracking demonstrations; a tri tip BBQ provided by the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team; mingling with actors Bo Derek and John Corbett; and hands-only CPR lessons from the American Heart Association.

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