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Frank Schipper Construction Co.

Frank Schipper Construction Co. and their subcontractors are building a New Classroom, Rescue Tool Storage Space, and Handicap Accessible Facilities for SB County Search & Rescue Santa Barbara, CA (February 23, 2018) – Nine local construction companies have come together to increase the educational and disaster relief facilities of the beloved Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue (SBCSAR) team. With work and donations from Frank Schipper Construction Co., Bob’s Backhoe and Trucking, Gordon Fiano, JnL Glass, Craig Roof Company, Insulate SB, TFT Plastering, Construction Plumbing, Santa Barbara Surfacing, and Huddleston Electric a new classroom facility has expanded the Search & Rescue facility located on 66 South San Antonio Road. “These are some of the hardest working men & women of our community, we wanted to help expand their capacity for all amazing work they do,” Schipper Construction President, Paul Wieckowski, shared. “We hope the improved classroom, storage, and facilities will aid in Search & Rescue’s training programs and ensure they have all the resource as possible when it comes to those most important times.”

SBCSAR is an all-volunteer branch of the Sheriff’s Office and currently has 41 members on its team. The group includes men and women from all walks of life. As one of the busiest search and rescue teams in California, they are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This highly-trained team uses specialized training and equipment to handle a variety of emergencies, including high-angle rock rescues, car-over- the-side accidents, downed aircraft, swiftwater rescues and medical emergencies. SBCSAR is a California Type I search and rescue team and is fully certified as a Mountain Rescue Team. MRA teams are viewed as the best in the country and are often requested to support search and rescue personnel of other counties.

ABOUT FRANK SCHIPPER CONSTRUCTION CO. Founded in Santa Barbara (1982) by Frank Schipper. This now entirely employee owned (ESOP) construction company specializes in commercial construction. Notably projects include the Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Lobero Theater and various school projects. For more information on Frank Schipper Construction Co. and this project, contact or 805-963- 4359.

ABOUT SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SHERIFF’S SEARCH & RESCUE (SBCSAR) SBCSAR’s primary jurisdiction is the wilderness and urban areas of Santa Barbara County. As an active arm of the Sheriff’s Office, the team is called to assist on evidence searches, provides medical support for large community events, and is the primary entity to coordinate and carry out evacuations during major disasters such as wildland fires. For more information on SBCSAR, go to or call Matt Logsdon at 805-452- 5620.

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When choosing a General Contractor, talk to local Architects & Subcontractors to see if the contractor you are wanting to work with fits the needs of your project. Make sure they have a current contractor’s license and check to see if they’re members of organizations that are affiliated with their industry. These organizations are a good source of information regarding the contractor and their work.

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