Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Inc. (RMRG) is an all-volunteer organization
trained and equipped for search and rescue on mountainous terrain and in all weather conditions. Founded in 1947, we are one of the oldest and most experienced mountain rescue teams in the country. We are Boulder
County's primary mountain rescue agency, but upon request also assist other mountain rescue teams outside the county.
RMRG is a non-profit IRS 501(c)3 organization and we do not charge for our services.
Each year RMRG receives about 130 calls for emergency assistance (see our call statistics
for more detail). Some incidents resolve themselves, but most involve fielding rescuers. The nature of calls for rescue are diverse and range from hikers with sprained ankles, to fallen climbers, to avalanches, to downed aircraft. Operating under the
Incident Command System (ICS), rescuers find missing
parties and evacuate injured persons. RMRG is also trained to assist in natural disasters
such as floods and snow storms. For any large incident we can provide logistical expertise, incident management, and radio
Outdoor Safety Education RMRG promotes safety in mountain recreation and provides
outdoor safety education programs for schools, businesses, and community
Training RMRG members have extensive and continuous training in mountain search and rescue techniques.
We are a fully accredited member team of the Mountain Rescue Association
(MRA), a U.S. organization of 65 member teams. Twelve MRA teams in Colorado provide
mutual assistance to each other upon request. RMRG exceeds requirements for FEMA/NIMS Type I Mountain
SAR and Wilderness SAR resource types, and exceeds NFPA 1670, 1006 and ASTM F2209. RMRG has an extensive
equipment R&D program to ensure we have the best and safest
mountain rescue equipment and techniques available.
Why are we so busy? Outdoor recreation is popular in Boulder County. There are 200 miles of foothills
trails and 110,000 acres of open space, including the Flatirons and Eldorado Canyon State Park. The Continental Divide forms our western border, overlooking 136 miles of trails and 160,000 acres of the Roosevelt National Forest and Indian Peaks Wilderness. Rocky Mountain National Park
is in the northwest corner of the county. These spectacular and inviting outdoor recreational opportunities increase the chances for wilderness accidents and for getting lost, and create a need to educate the public in safe outdoor practices.
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