About C.E.M.P. Search & Rescue
WHO WE ARE. OUR HISTORY. WHAT WE DO.
OUR SPECIAL TEAMS
In addition to our regular membership, who are all first-aid or EMT level certified, CERT trained, NIMS and SARTech III certified, some of our members choose to go above and beyond by joining our special teams.
Training for literally thousands of hours per year, our K9 handlers and their partners are some of the best-trained in the country.
Providing high-powered lighting for crime and accident scenes, our team is always prepared and ready to go when a scene needs to be lit.
Extremely mobile, speedy and helpful, our bike team is deployed at almost every event for quick, easy access and response.
How We Do What We Do
When an emergency agency needs additional help, a supervisor or higher authority activates our team. We take pride in our adherence to proper protocols and procedures; constantly updating and refreshing our skills through mandatory trainings. We do not “self-activate,” meaning we only respond to government agencies’ official deployment requests. If an individual needs our assistance (for a missing family member) we ask that you contact your local police and they will activate us.
SERVING LOS ANGELES FOR OVER 55 YEARS
With a rich history, we have become a staple in L.A. for emergency services.
Born Out Of Necessity
In 1962 a group of dedicated citizens formed a team to provide communications assistance during disasters. In less than a year, “Citizens Emergency Mobile Patrol” was born. Now “California Emergency Mobile Patrol,” our team has grown tremendously, and has been responsible for many successful operations, logging in thousands of volunteer hours each year.
As we enter our 2nd half century, we are honoring those founders and celebrating our long, unprecedented, successful history.
65 people are killed in the week-long violence of the the Watts riots. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) opens. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. That same year, Marina del Rey is opened — the largest man-made pleasure boat harbor in the world.
C.E.M.P. celebrates five years of service to Los Angeles. That same year the first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship Game, aka “Super Bowl I” takes place at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The NFL champion Green Bay Packers defeated the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs 35-10. Also that year the Mark Taper Forum and Los Angeles Forum both open.
San Fernando Earthquake
In the early morning hours of February 9, 1971 a 6.6 earthquake shook Southern California. The epicenter was in the city of San Fernando. The quake killed 65 people – most at the Olive View Medical Center and VA Hospital which were both destroyed. C.E.M.P. played a major role in the rescue and communications efforts.
L.A. Hosts The Olympics
The Olympic Games come to Los Angeles, making L.A. the only U.S. city to host the games twice. Los Angeles was the home to the Summer Games of the XXIII Olympiad in the Coliseum – specifically built for the Olympics. C.E.M.P. assisted the LAPD and USC campus police with eyes & ears details as well as communications.
Sierra Madre Quake
On June 28 – A magnitude 5.8 earthquake shakes northern L.A. County and all of Southern California. The “Sierra Madre” event kills eight people and injures hundreds. C.E.M.P. joined the mutual aid effort and supported communications and rescue efforts coordinated by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and other area agencies.