Fall 2019 Marin SAR Application
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The application deadline is August 9th, 2019! If you have any issues with the electronic application, please email apply@marinsar.org

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If you are a youth applicant, list the year you will GRADUATE from high school, and your current School Name:
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Medical Information:
Rate your Physical Conditioning: *
List any medications you take: *
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List any important medical history: *
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List any Allergies: *
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Any Physical Limitations? *
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Outdoor and Medical Experience:
List any Outdoor, Medical, SAR, or other related experience and certifications you have (include dates): *
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Background Check Information:
This information will be used for your preliminary background check. Note that adult candidates must undergo a Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) truth verification exam if they are selected for bootcamp.
Have you been convicted of a crime in the past 7 years? You may omit minor traffic violations, but may be asked to discuss other convictions: *
Drivers License Number (n/a if you don't drive): *
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Employment / School Information
List your last two employers, or school as appropriate. List Supervisor Name and Phone:
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Acknowledgement of Background Check:
As a member of the Search and Rescue team, you will be expected to work closely with and under the direction and control of senior members of the Sheriff’s Department staff. You may be assigned to carry out tasks such as: field work in rough terrain and poor weather conditions, communications, medical aid, flood control, spending the night in the field, evidence searches at homicide scenes or others as needed. Safety is a top priority, and you may be reassigned if you feel you are not ready for an assignment or are unable to perform it.

Background Investigation: The California Courts have held that an employer has a legal duty to know the persons who it employs. Both State and Federal Courts have also held that there is an absolute necessity for public employees to be truthful. As a volunteer member of the Marin County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Services, you are subject to these court rulings.

All prospective members will have a confidential background investigation done by the Sheriff’s Department including a DMV and criminal history check. For those 18 years of age and older, we require a Live Scan (fingerprinting from D.O.J. and F.B.I. records) and a 2-3 hour truth verification exam via a Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) test. It is important to the Sheriff’s Department that all Search and Rescue members are of sound character and show good judgment in their personal conduct. Members will often be involved in sensitive situations requiring trust and the ability to respect confidentiality. They will also be expected to consistently maintain a personal lifestyle of an upstanding, law-abiding citizen.

I understand any false statements and/or deliberate misrepresentations, whether by omission or commission, will result in my application being automatically and irrevocably rejected from further consideration. I hereby authorize the Marin County Sheriff’s Office to contact the references on my application, I certify that I have read the above statement, understand it’s contents, and have been furnished a copy of it.

If you understand and agree to the above, please acknowledge below. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must also acknowledge.

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Acknowledgement of Commitment and Physical Requirements:
Members of the Search & Rescue unit are the first responders for search emergencies in Marin, and are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. While it is understood that school, work, sport teams, and family commitments are priorities, I am willing to make every effort to respond to incident call outs, even when it means I must leave or not attend a planned event.

I understand that I may be called or paged for a search when I may be at work, school or any hour, day or night. I understand that I will need to provide all of my own personal equipment and basic gear. I also recognize I am committing to at least two years of active participation in SAR.

Physical regulations have been designed to outline the minimum level of physical ability a member must possess in order to be an effective search resource. Many operations will require significantly more agility and strength. Members will be screened to ensure they are able to perform operations beyond minimum requirements.

For many people, volunteering for search and rescue is a rewarding and fun experience, but it’s important to recognize it also can be difficult. Search and rescue (SAR) missions sometimes involve crime scenes, finding or assisting in the recovery of human remains, providing medical assistance to severally injured persons and other difficult circumstances. SAR members may also interact with family members or friends of the subject of a SAR mission who are very emotional. The team offers support to members to help process and cope with difficult situations and members can select out of assignments if necessary. SAR missions can be emotionally challenging and it’s important for people who choose to volunteer for SAR to be confident that they feel emotionally resilient enough for the work and have good mental health.

All members must be able to travel across steep, slippery and uneven surfaces (e.g. rocks, grass, brush, snow, ice and dense vegetation) in adverse weather conditions (e.g. extreme cold, extreme heat, rain and fog). Members also must be able to operate outside in inclement weather conditions that may include rain, snow, wind ice or hot conditions. Members must possess the ability to tie knots, handle ropes and technical rescue equipment within a specified timeframe set by the training coordinator. All members also must be able to work in the above conditions in complete darkness assisted by flashlights/headlamps.

Members must be able to complete our basic fitness requirement described at http://marinsar.org/apply/ . A fitness test will be scheduled prior to boot camp. Members may also need to carry heavy objects for long distances (e.g. carrying a 1⁄4 share of a Stokes litter with a patient, assuming a 180 pound load). Members must be able to perform all search activities described above while carrying a 25 pound pack.

I understand that if selected I will be required to attend 100% of Boot Camp Training on the following dates:


Monday (Interviews)
August 19, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Fitness Test Hike
Sat Aug 24th 8:30 a.m. OR Tues Aug 27 5:00pm

Monday (Boot Camp)
September 30, 2019
6:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m.

Sat & Sun (Boot Camp)
October 12-13, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday (Boot Camp)
October 14, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Monday (Boot Camp)
October 21, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sat & Sun (Boot Camp)
October 26-27, 2019
7:30 a.m. Sat - 3 p.m. Sun (Overnight)

Monday (includes Boot Camp Graduation!)
November 4, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Members must possess the ability to understand written and verbal communications in English, and communicate clearly in English. Hearing aids and vision correction to ensure safe driving and outdoor travel are acceptable. Members must be able to function in a team setting without creating a burden on teammates.

Cadets will be in a probationary status for the first six months in the unit. During this time, I understand that I am expected to attend at least 50% of required training and meetings, and 30% of searches.

At the end of this period, I will be evaluated on attendance, uniform, training, professionalism, and ability to carry out assignments and the ability to work with and get along with other members of the unit. A written test based on my training and an equipment check is also required after 6 months. Successful completion of this probation period and requirements will result in promotion to full membership. If requirements are not met at the end of the probationary period, the probationary member must take appropriate action to met requirements within the subsequent 6 month period or he/she will be released from the team. Do you understand this process?

Applicant Name: *
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If under 18, Parent or Guardian must enter their name and acknowledge:
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As parent or guardian, I acknowledge the above:
Application Essay
Please tell us a little more about yourself, your background, what skills or volunteer experience you bring to the team, and why you want to join Marin County Search and Rescue.
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Meetings and Activities:
List dates of MSAR meetings you've attended, and the general subjects covered (Remember, you must attend at least two meetings before applying!): *
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Please list below the community service, outdoor activities or emergency medical activities you have performed in the last year. *
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Please list any frequent extracurricular activities: *
e.g. - sports, scouting, coaching, ski patrol, etc.
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How will you make the time to ensure SAR is a priority in your life? *
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Your References:
List at least three personal references including valid phone numbers (not immediate family). If you are in high school or middle school, please list counselor or school contact person as one reference.
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Reference 4 (optional):
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