The Disaster Aid Response Team (DART) is an organization of citizen volunteers trained to assist the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department in its emergency and service function.
Founded in 1982, DART proudly serves Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and the surrounding communities.
DART has members trained in:
swift water rescue
emergency radio communication
and a variety of other skills necessary for effective search/rescue and disaster assistance
The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department frequently calls upon DART to assist in a wide variety of emergency situations. The team has been summoned to search for missing children and senior citizens, and has participated in evidence searches in several major crimes locally. In addition to serving the local community, DART has been activated on a mutual aid basis to assist with searches in neighboring counties, including assisting with search efforts after the Oakland Firestorm.
Under the Operations Services Division of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police, DART uses regular Police Department equipment as well as equipment specifically designed for search, rescue, and disaster functions. DART relies on community funding and donations to purchase equipment and supplies necessary to carry out its emergency assistance mission. Supplemental funding for the purchase of specialized equipment occurs through individual and service group donations, and sanctions fundraising community events.