The El Dorado Search and Rescue Council (ESARC) is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation that supports the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department’s efforts to maintain a mission-ready volunteer search and rescue team (SAR).
ESARC is composed of five annually elected officers and two representatives from each team (all must be active SAR volunteers and serve without remuneration of any kind). Any SAR volunteer may bring an agenda item to the Board for review and consideration.
ESARC meets on the fourth Monday of every month (unless otherwise scheduled) at the ESARC Lodge in Cedar Grove.
2017 Board of Directors:
• President: Gary Moore
• Vice President: Jacob Thomas
• Treasurer: Cathy Ciofalo
• Secretary: Cherie Duane
• Properties Manager: Cindy Honn
100% of donations are used to sustain EDSAR operations and enhance capabilities. As a 501c(3), your donation is tax deductible (Federal Tax ID #68-0097526).
Donations can be mailed to:
El Dorado Search & Rescue
PO Box 721
Placerville, CA 95667
ESARC holds two major fundraisers annually:
• Crab Feed – The annual Crab Feed is a January tradition in El Dorado County – a sell-out event for over 30 years. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Raley’s, 166 Placerville Drive, Placerville. See Crab Feed photos here
• Run on the Sly – This is a trail run/race that’s affectionately known as ‘ROTS,’ sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports, Sacramento. The run, with 12K, half marathon, 20M and 50K options, is held in the scenic area of Jenkinson Lake (Sly Park Reservoir) near Pollock Pines in August. This event also tends to sell out. For event and/or registration information: www.runonthesly.com
EDSAR supports a wide variety of community events, with volunteers to provide:
• On-site stand-by in locating lost persons
• On-site communications services
• On-site stand-by for first aid
• General wilderness preparedness and safety education
Public Education/Awareness Presentations
• Hug-A-Tree Program. This is a wilderness survival presentation tailored for young children, and is offered to our community at no charge. In 2013, this program was presented to over 600 local children.
• National Night Out campaign. In 2013, Placerville was the national 1st place winner for overall participation in the Under 15,000 Population category.
Donations are used to purchase specialized rescue equipment in order to maintain mission-ready capabilities for a wide variety of emergency scenarios.
Donations are used to obtain advanced training in:
• Technical Rope Rescue
• Search Management and Theory
• Swift Water Rescue
• Canine Tracking
Joint training with other counties prepares teams for working together on mutual aid operations. The California Office of Emergency Services encourages these cross-training efforts and sanctions an annual State Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX). In 2012, ESARC/EDSAR hosted the Northern California SAREX. This event drew over 400 participants from throughout California, offering presentations/training by subject matter experts and EDSAR volunteers in every facet of SAR operations.