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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.