Swiftwater & Flood Rescue

Floods are now the number one weather-related killer worldwide, adversely affecting over 100 million people each year, and causing nearly $80 billion US in property losses.

Swiftwater rescue is a relatively “new” discipline, as far as the history of search and rescue is concerned. The growing emphasis on “search and rescue” has been driven by factors including the growing number of natural and man-made calamities. There remains little doubt that the world’s climate is changing and contributing to an increasing “drought/flood” cycle, exacerbated in North America by the El Nino/La Nina weather pattern. Additionally, there are increasingly severe earthquake and storm events, as well as the potential for man-made disasters. In 1999 almost 1/6th of the world’s population was displaced in some fashion by these catastrophes, and globally governments have found themselves having to prepare to deal with them. More Americans die in floods, for instance, than any other weather event.

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SBCSAR-13 Equipped with state of the art water rescue equipment, certified Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician and two instructors counting 30+ years of experience, your SBCSAR team is trained and prepared to respond to these climate events in our county. Over the years, the SBCSAR team has responded to a multitude of Swiftwater and Flood rescue ranging from hikers trapped by the Santa Ynez river to  vehicle roll overs in a river bed.

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