Response & Rescue

Glenn County Search and Rescue are employed in a number of incidents each year, ranging from mountain rescue to missing persons. Below are photos of past rescue and response events. For current incidents, please visit us on Facebook @GlennCountySAR 

SAR rescued many stranded citizens on FH7 in Winter 2020-21



Jeeps rescue stranded motorist 2-19
SAR and Jeep club rescued stranded and missing campers February 2019
SAR jeep, ambulance and fire truck
SAR rescues a hunter who had fallen and broken a leg November 2019
Injured hunter is packaged by medical for transport to area hospital November 2019
driving at night
Volunteers respond to a late night rescue of a stranded motorist in the snow December 2019




Glenn County Sheriff’s Office conducted a multi-agency response exercise on Saturday, November 12th, 2022, at Black Butte Lake. The Search and Rescue (SAR) and Office of Emergency Services (OES) divisions planned and directed this training exercise which involved 35 participants from Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, Glenn County Office of Emergency Services (OES), Glenn County Search and Rescue, Sutter County Sheriff’s Office – Search and Rescue and Posse, Colusa County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, and US Army Corps of Engineers – Black Butte Lake.

This annual exercise focused on command and control, mapping and communications, and search and rescue operations. The scenario involved a group who became stranded on a boat on Black Butte Lake. Some of the party set out on foot to find assistance and then became lost. This scenario tested our teams in multiple ways and involved the use of the Sheriff’s Office drone to search by air, off-road vehicles and search parties who conducted a thorough search by foot of the surrounding area.

The Search and Rescue teams practiced interview skills with simulated reporting parties, responded to the scene utilizing boat transport via Army Corps and off-road vehicles, identified clues and evidence, utilized tracking, mapping, and investigation skills, and completed a safe rescue of the missing persons. The SAR teams communicated with incident command utilizing VHF radio communications and incident command utilized GPS tracking of the search teams via Cal-Topo mapping system.

Search and Rescue (SAR) is an all-volunteer organization under the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office. Volunteers donate countless hours to the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office and to our community.  The response capabilities for both SAR and OES have been greatly improved due to the response equipment acquired through multiple grants and donations over the past 5 years. Without our volunteers, donations, and grants, this program and the service it provides to the community, would not be possible.

SAR Winter Equipment Training 2020



  • ICS/NIMS training - Incident Command System and National Incident Management System training is the core for any responder, whether you are a volunteer or paid staff. Introduction to ICS (IS 100) provides an overview of the standardized command system. ICS for Single Resources and Initial Actions Incidents (IS 200) provides context to the incident command system and is required for frontline supervisory staff in incident operations. Introduction to the National Incident Management System (IS 700) provides an overview of the multi-faceted national response system. These trainings can be completed free online through FEMA. Certificates for basic ICS courses may be required for employment or to participate in one of our volunteer organizations who support response operations.
  • Complete FEMA ICS trainings online



Knots are used extensively in Search and Rescue. Below are basic rope and knot skills members should be familiar with. 

Basic knots

The list below links to information about each knot. Some knots in the list have links to instructional videos on how to tie them.

  1. Clove hitch
  2. Two half Hitches
  3. Taut Line Hitch
  4. Butterfly loop (video)
  5. Basic figure 8
  6. Figure 8 follow-through
  7. Figure 8 on a bight
  8. Directional Figure 8 (video)
  9. Figure 8 knot variations
  10. Double fisherman's (video)
  11. Prusik knot
  12. Tensionless Hitch (aka "No knot")
Flat webbing knot

Water knot

Rope belay knots

Munter hitch

Webbing climbing harness

Swiss Seat (video)

Diaper Seat (video)

Rope/webbing storage