Campus Search and Rescue

The Campus Search and Rescue program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CSAR offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.

The CSAR program is modeled after the Citizen Corps Community Emergency Response Team program (CERT). CERT-trained individuals may be able to become CSAR team members by demonstrating proficiency in selected topics, and learning new material which is campus specific.

The training is approximately 18 hours spread over multiple sessions. Topics include disaster preparedness, emergency utility shut-offs, hazardous materials handling (especially around the house), fire safety, disaster first aid and triage, light search and rescue, structural building design overview and campus emergency management plans. The final training session is a full-scale drill to practice what's been learned in class.

By the end of the training, CSAR team members will be able to improve their emergency preparedness at home, in their communities and here on campus. Most of us want to be prepared. This program gives you information on what to plan for, how to make your home and work space safer and what you should have on hand. After an earthquake or other community–wide disaster or emergency, many people want to respond and help. This program trains you in some simple actions that you and other team members can take to assist the professional responders who may be overwhelmed and need your help.

Training is provided by UCI Emergency Management at no cost to participants. 

As a CSAR member, you will:

  • Receive a certificate for your employee file.
  • Get a UCI CSAR emergency backpack.
  • Be invited to participate in campus CSAR exercises.
  • Be invited to the Annual Zone Crew/CSAR Meeting.

CSAR Leadership Team

The CSAR Leadership serves as a steering committee to support and advance the Campus Search and Rescue (CSAR) program on campus. The team will establish the strategic direction for the program. Additionally, the leadership team is responsible for establishing annual outreach, training, and exercise goals for current CSAR team members as well as developing recruitment strategies to build the program.

To become a CSAR Leadership Team Member, you must:

  • Have completed a CERT or CSAR course.
  • Be an active member.
  • Be available to meet every other month in February, April, June, August, October, and December.
  • Be available to attend additional meetings, trainings, or exercises that may be scheduled as needed.

For questions or membership, please email Krista Woodward, Business Continuity Manager at