When a citizen calls into our sheriff’s dispatch, the need is assessed and routed to a sergeant who makes the decision to activate our squad. Squad activation is done through pagers. Our squad is well dispersed over Humboldt County: suburbs, rural forests and mountains. It helps to have members in all parts of the county because it helps assure quick response time to all corners of the county. Members then ready their gear and rally at the meeting place. Once at the meeting place we load gear and personnel into the appropriate search vehicles and head off to the search area.