The Placer County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Mounted Unit is located at the base of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. We cover all types of riding terrain from flat, urban environments to breathtaking mountain trails and canyons. We are a volunteer group working for the Sheriff’s Department and therefore represent Placer County and the Sheriff’s Department. We are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Although our home base is in Placer County, we often respond to other counties to assist with Search and Rescue efforts as needed.
We average about 20 members who all furnish their own horses and transportation. Riding is our passion so we get out on the trail throughout the year and even hold trail rides for our meetings in the summer months. We meet regularly for training in the spring and summer as the weather warms and the new season gets under way to make sure our horses are ready for the strenuous work they face. We do love to ride but we are all ground searchers who respond in any weather and for any terrain.
Searching from horseback offers some unique experiences and offers a different “view” while searching. Working with our equine partners also means we have a second set of eyes, ears and a very keen nose (a horse’s nose is similar to a dog’s in sensitivity) to help us find what we are looking for.
We are always looking for new riders who are interested in giving their time back to our community to help others in need. If you are interested in finding out more about us please call the Placer County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Office at (530) 889-7846. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month at7 p.m. in the Search and Rescue office at the Sheriff’s Department located in the new Auburn Justice Center, 2929 Richardson Drive.