Membership Categories

Cal-ESAR has several membership categories, based on level of training and field experience. These categories are established and defined by the Cal-ESAR Board of Directors, and are subject to periodic update and review

Membership CategoryPrerequisitesCategory GoalSAR ResponsesCategory Insignia
TraineeBSA MemberSelf-sufficient for 72 hoursNoneNone
Associate MemberComplete Associate Member Training Program; Sworn in by OESUnderstand the basics of SAR at base and in the fieldRespond to limited-scope Bay Area SARs.Post 12 Patch
Support MemberNASAR SAR Tech III or equivalentA competent support-ready SAR resourceRespond to all levels of SAR while under Cal-ESAR Team Leader supervisionESAR Patch & Post 12 Patch
Trained MemberComplete ESAR Basic Training Program and passed Skills Testing
or
Attended summer camp, attended SAR tactics and Advanced Navigation, has completed Standard first aid and CPR, and passed Skills Testing
A competent field-ready ground SAR resourceRespond to all levels of SAR while under Cal-ESAR Team Leader supervisionESAR Patch & Post 12 Patch
Certified MemberTrained Member with Advanced First Aid + 3 SARs + 24 hours of field timeA proficient field-ready ground SAR resourceRespond to all SARs without supervisionESAR Patch & OES Patch
Team LeaderCertified Member + demonstrated leadership ability + support of the ESAR membershipAn expert field-ready ground SAR resourceLead Cal-ESAR and multi-agency teams in the fieldESAR Patch & OES Patch & Team Leader Stripe
Operation LeaderTeam Leader + MSF class + overhead job on 3 SARsUnderstand ICS + knows capabilities of all team membersFunction as Plans or Operations Chief or Assistant Chief or other ICS job during a multi-agency operationESAR Patch & OES Patch & Operations Stripe