Always ready for any emergency, Shasta County Search and Rescue training never ends

SHASTA COUNTY — When Shasta County Search and Rescue volunteers are not actively working on missions they require constant training to ensure they are always ready at a moment’s notice to respond to any and all types of incidents. Those incidents could involve remote area rescues of stranded and/or injured hikers or off-road enthusiasts, helping search for missing persons, water rescues, and so much more.


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Shasta County currently has several search and rescue teams and posse’s which are comprised of 13 sworn deputies, three non-sworn employees, and over 200 volunteers, according to sheriff’s officials. 

The various teams include a Dog Team, Eastern and Western Flying Posse, Ground Team, Jeep and Jeep Auxiliary Posse, Mountain Rescue, Mounted Posse, Rescue Dirt Riders, Tracking Team, Communications Team, Snowmobile Team, and Mountain Bike Team.

Part of the recent joint overnight training exercise for Shasta County and Trinity County SAR teams included UTV snowtrack maintenance, preparation and operation. SCSO photo

To ensure volunteers are always ready and prepared to respond to any type of emergencies, volunteers of the different groups hold twelve meetings a year and one to two training sessions every month.

Recently, members from the Shasta County and Trinity County SAR teams came together to take part in a day-and-a-half training exercise that covered many of the essential skills related to the tasks they are required to perform.

During the overnight training, volunteers practiced low angle rescues, wilderness medical first-aid, land navigation, UTV snow track operations, vehicle recovery and winch training, and working with avalanche beacons.

After the successful training mission, sheriff’s officials thanked members of the California National Guard, Mercy Hospital, and Verizon Wireless, who were on hand for the exercise and shared their expertise with the search and rescue teams.

To learn more about the various search and rescue teams in Shasta County visit Shasta County Search and Rescue Ground Team, Shasta County Search and Rescue Jeep Patrol, Shasta County Sheriff Mounted Search & Rescue, Shasta County K9 Search & Rescue, and Shasta County Mountain Search & Rescue online.

Anyone interested in joining one or more of the volunteer search and rescue teams can contact Shasta County Sheriff’s Public Safety Service Officer Dustin Warren at (530) 245-6095 or by email.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.