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January 15, 2013 (San Diego County)--They answer the call anywhere in the county when someone goes missing and they do it for free. Volunteers are the driving force behind the Sheriff's Search and Rescue (SAR) Division.

On Saturday, January 19, 25 new volunteers will join 80 other members of the SAR Division in a qualifying hike at the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, 12020 Black Mountain Road from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Base Camp is at the Ranch House.

Volunteers must complete an eight‐mile hike with a 20 pound backpack and water in less than three‐ and‐a‐half hours. They must complete this hike at least once a year to stay field qualified. SAR's K‐9, Mounted and Medical Units will also participate in the training.

The Sheriff’s Search and Rescue is an all‐volunteer unit. Together, they perform wilderness and urban rescues and search for missing persons. Teams are available 24 hours a day to respond to local, state and federal agency requests. To learn more about SAR, visit

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