The all-volunteer Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team is the primary search and rescue agency for issues in the San…More Gabriel Mountains above Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Arcadia and Duarte.
Their reach also extends far beyond the local mountains as they are often called on by the California Emergency Management Agency to assist in large-scale searches in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Joshua Tree National Park and beyond.
Volunteers with the SMSR Team are on call 24 hours a day, 265 days of the year and include certified Emergency Medical Technicians as well as experts in mountain rescue, snow and ice travel, high-angle rope rescue and wilderness navigation.
The volunteer organization is funded entirely by donations from the community and receivers no tax dollars or other financial government assistance. SMSR is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation to which all donations are tax deductable.
In addition to rescue operations, the team routinely gives presentations to local groups on wilderness safety in an effort to curtail the need for mountain rescue.
SMSR was the first search and rescue team in California. Other groups soon followed suit and formed other teams. Currently, there are 7 search and rescue teams in Los Angeles County, 6 of which are accredited by the Mountain Rescue Association.
The men and women of the Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Department are the first line of defense between the city's…More 11,000-plus residents and the wide variety of threats that come with living in a wild land/urban interface area.
In addition to providing emergency fire control and medical response services, the department also provides fire prevention and public education services to the community.
The department is the only all-volunteer fire department in Los Angeles County and has three Battalion Chiefs, one Fire Marshall, one Captain Paramedic Coordinator, six Captains, six Engineers and 30 firefighters, in rotating platoons of five members each.
Stephen Heydorff is the Department Chief, with Michael Bamberger, Robert Burnett and Roger Lowe serving as Battalion Chiefs. Richard Snyder is the Fire Marshall and Greg Christmas is the department's Paramedic Coordinator.
With the use of the Verdugo Fire Communications Center in Glendale, California, the Sierra Madre Fire Department is dispatched to all fire incidences in the San Gabriel Mountains, above the City of Sierra Madre and in mutual aid with the Arcadia, Monrovia and Pasadena Fire Departments, as well as with the L.A. County Department and U.S. Forest Service.
Sierra Madre has had its own fire department ever since 1921, when a major fire forced the community to recognize the need for better on-call fire protection for the city.