Kern Valley Search and Rescue (KVSAR) is the original Search and Rescue team in Kern County. The team serves the Kern River Valley and surrounding wilderness. KVSAR is located in the most diverse terrain in Kern County that includes many miles of the Kern River, snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, edges of the Mojave Desert, and Lake Isabella. KVSAR not only provides Search and Rescue services but also plays a vital role in support operations for the Kern County Sheriff's Office. Due to the team's level of expertise and experience, they are often called to assist outlying Search and Rescue units all over Kern County and California. KVSAR members pride themselves in being leaders in safety education of visitors, students, and residents of the Kern River Valley.
Kern Valley Search and Rescue is a 501 (3) (C) non-profit organization and operates solely on the donations from the community.
Our mission is to provide emergency services and public education through dedicated professionals and community partnerships.
Our vision is to be the Search and Rescue Unit most recognized for its training, diversity, professionalism, and community service, while maintaining the ability to respond to incidents in a timely manner and/or provide support to any agency during an emergency.