Click here to download an application (PDF)


In order to qualify for consideration, applicants must:

• Be a United States Citizen

• At the time of appointment, be at least 20 years of age

• Be a high school graduate or equivalent

• Possess a valid California Class "C" Driver's License or higher

• Be gainfully employed or a full time student

• Be available to attend the Sheriff's Department Reserve Academy

• Each applicant must be in good physical condition, free from disease or defects that would interfere with the satisfactoryperformance of the duties of this position

• Undergo and pass a thorough background investigation which includes: fingerprint search, polygraph examination, psychological examination.

Disqualifying factors include (but are not limited to):

• Any felony conviction

• Job related misdemeanor convictions

• Certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations

Once accepted, trainees will train to become proficient in skills such as high-angle rescue, navigation, wilderness search, & tracking. Trainees are also expected to attend an emergency medical technician course to become certified as an EMTs.


Interested in becoming a mountaineer with the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team? Currently, our Team has a full complement of members. However, we continue to recruit both rescue members and support members on a competitive basis.

To become a trainee member of our Team, you first must attend 3 of our monthly meetings, fill out an application, and be interviewed by our board of directors. If selected, you will fill out a reserve deputy application and begin the Sheriff's Department background investigation process. The background process is slow and may take between 3 to 9 months. During this time you will continue attending meetings and will begin attending trainings. While waiting to complete the background process, you will learn the "ground school" of mountain rescue, i.e., knots & systems. After completing backgrounds you will be issued gear and start mountain rescue training, i.e., climbing, rappelling and helitac.

Since the Team is a Sheriff's reserve unit, all members must complete the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy training program, which fulfills the standard training requirements as mandated by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Upon graduation from the Academy, each member is certified as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. Applicants that are disqualified from becoming a reserve deputy, unfortunately will not be able to remain a member of the Team.

We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Altadena Station. If you plan to attend a Team meeting, you should call in advance to let us know that you'll be coming. Deputy Paige is our reserve coordinator at the station and he can give you general information regarding our Team. He can be reached M-Th at (626) 798-1131.

We are a great group of individuals from all different walks of life. If you live closer to another Sheriff's Station with a rescue team, it might be worth your while to check them out too. Just call and ask to speak with the Reserve Coordinator at that station and they can help you out.

Click here to download an application (PDF)

Fill out the application and bring it to your first team meeting.

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Contact Us

780 E. Altadena Drive
Altadena, CA 91001
(626) 798-6393 - AMRT Headquarters
(626) 798-1131 - Sheriff's station

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