Our Rescue Services

SERVING LOS ANGELES WHEN YOU NEED US THE MOST

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C.E.M.P. is a very unique suburban search and rescue team, specializing in Critical Missing/At-Risk cases, Lighting Details and Medical Services. Although these services are our “bread and butter,” our team also performs a number of other tasks for the LAPD and other area emergency agencies. Below is a partial menu of these services, but if your agency needs something special, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

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Search & Rescue

CRITICAL MISSING PERSONS

C.E.M.P.’s primary function is Search & Rescue. We aid the Los Angeles Police Dept. in “Critical Missing” cases, which involve a missing person who is a juvenile (determined not to be a runaway), an elderly person or a patient with a diminished mental capacity.

Once on the scene, C.E.M.P.’s trained man-trackers and search specialists go into action. Our team is trained specifically for the unique environment that is the San Fernando Valley. This suburban area is covered not only in densely-populated residential areas, but wilderness areas as well. One search might take us to densely-populated neighborhoods, while the next may take us the wilderness areas of O’Melveny Park.

Scene Lighting

CRIME SCENES, ACCIDENTS, TASK FORCES

C.E.M.P. provides a great resource for lighting crime and accident scenes. With an entire arsenal of powerful, effective lighting equipment, C.E.M.P. has become the “go-to” team for the Los Angeles Police Department during a crime or accident investigation. Once the sun goes down, C.E.M.P. lights go up to illuminate city blocks after a fatality accident or an entire house after a drug raid.

Our lighting team is highly trained and sacrifices many long nights as quite often these callouts play out until sunrise. Thousands of volunteer hours per year are given to the LAPD for this service. The equipment is the property of C.E.M.P. and is purchased by us from our donations and out-of-pocket funds.

Scene Lighting

CRIME SCENES, ACCIDENTS, TASK FORCES

C.E.M.P. provides a great resource for lighting crime and accident scenes. With an entire arsenal of powerful, effective lighting equipment, C.E.M.P. has become the “go-to” team for the Los Angeles Police Department during a crime or accident investigation. Once the sun goes down, C.E.M.P. lights go up to illuminate city blocks after a fatality accident or an entire house after a drug raid.

Our lighting team is highly trained and sacrifices many long nights as quite often these callouts play out until sunrise. Thousands of volunteer hours per year are given to the LAPD for this service. The equipment is the property of C.E.M.P. and is purchased by us from our donations and out-of-pocket funds.

Medical Support

SPECIAL EVENTS

C.E.M.P. provides “Stand-by Medical” services for many events. Because most of our members are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and all are advanced first aid trained, we provide rescue and first aid services to local events.

Our ongoing resume includes Malibu, Herbalife, Hermosa Beach, and Pasadena triathlons, as well as other races including the Bull Dog Race. For private events we ask for a fair donation so that we may continue to operate. These stand-by medical donations are the primary source of funds for our team.

To request C.E.M.P. as an aid team, please Contact Us.

OTHER SERVICES

Arson and Fire Watch

RED FLAG PATROLS

During fire season C.E.M.P. is often deployed as an Arson Watch resource. We aid the Los Angeles City Fire department in identifying trouble spots and high-risk areas before, and during, a wildfire. Unfortunately, Santa Ana conditions (low humidity and high winds) are a yearly occurrence within Southern California and greatly increase the risk of a raging, life-threatening wildfire.

During official Red Flag Warning days, the The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), L.A. City Park Rangers, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) activate C.E.M.P. ahead of the wind event to serve as the eyes and ears for the Valley.

Evidence Search

CRIME SCENE PRESERVATION

C.E.M.P. provides a great resource for evidence search and recovery. Quite often the Los Angeles Police Department will call on C.E.M.P. to assist in the search for evidence at a crime scene. We have been credited for finding weapons, shell casings, blood trails, footprints and more.

We are trained in crime scene preservation so that any law enforcement agency can rest assured that the integrity of the scene is not compromised during a search.

Pictured to the left is C.E.M.P. at work in Moonshine Canyon, near Tampa, assisting LAPD with a homicide investigation.

Traffic Control

ROAD CLOSURES AND FLOW

C.E.M.P. provides many agencies with traffic control and road closures. Because our team is trained in traffic control, C.E.M.P. will often aid agencies in maintaining road closures, diverting traffic and monitoring intersections.

We consistently provide the only resource for the LAPD, as the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) is not set up to handle disasters and overtime emergencies.

Disaster Response

DEPLOYED FOR NATURAL AND MAN-MADE DISASTERS

C.E.M.P. is an important resource for both natural and man-made disasters. In times of earthquakes, fires, floods, mudslides and other natural disasters common to California, C.E.M.P. plays a vital role in the effort by responding to the immediate and long-term needs of area agencies.

We also aid in the operation of man-made disaster response, such as terrorist attacks and mass casualty incidents.

Pictured to the left is the rescue operation of the Chatsworth Metrolink disaster, where 25 passengers lost their lives. C.E.M.P. was one of the first teams to arrive on scene, as this horrible collision happened in our coverage area of Chatsworth, CA.

EVACUATIONS

SUPPORT FOR EMERGENCY EVACUATION ORDERS

C.E.M.P. assists both the LAPD and LAFD in evacuation orders. During a wildfire event, the LAFD will mandate an evacuation order, which LAPD then executes by strongly encouraging residents to leave their homes. This is never easy, as most people feel uneasy about such a move. Besides the stress of not knowing if they’re home will survive the fire, they also have to leave their houses unlocked to aid fire crews in their tactics.

C.E.M.P. assists with the evacuation operation by helping residents to move quickly and then patrolling the abandoned neighborhoods to prevent looting. By providing security we hope to ease the stress that so often accompanies these fires.

Body Recovery

DEPLOYED FOR CHALLENGING SCENE OPERATIONS

C.E.M.P. is periodically asked to assist with body recovery operations. We respond to the request of the L.A. County Medical Examiner’s Office when manpower or resources are limited. We’re also called upon if a victim’s remains are in a difficult location. We have assisted in many crime scenes, including those of homicides, accidents, and suicides.

Besides being trained in the logistics of the task, C.E.M.P. is self-contained with the necessary equipment and protocols when dealing with the sensitive and confidential nature of the assignment.

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