Search and rescue (SAR) is the search for and provision of aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger. The general field of search and rescue includes many specialty sub-fields, typically determined by the type of terrain the search is conducted over. These include mountain rescue; ground search and rescue, including the use of search and rescue dogs; urban search and rescue in cities; combat search and rescue on the battlefield and air-sea rescue over water.
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High-Altitude Army National Guard Training Site
The Colorado Army National Guard High-Altitude ARNG Aviation Training Site (HAATS) was established in 1985 to provide "graduate level" training to military helicopter pilots flying in mountainous terrain and/or high temperatures. The HAATS training program is unique, and attracts students from around the world for 1-2 week training sessions at the HAATS facility in Eagle/Gypsum, Colorado, a small town 126 miles West of Denver, Colorado and 31 miles West of Vail, Colorado. Like the HAATS program, the HAATS facility is a unique blend of an Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF), with training and billeting functions
Vail Mountain Rescue Group exists to provide back country search and rescue, as well as public education on back country safety, in Eagle County. The team is responsible for all search and rescue operations in the unincorporated areas of the County.
Mountain Rescue-Aspen was incorporated in 1965 as a non-profit organization and is one of the oldest search and rescue teams in the state. We are accredited through the Rocky Mountain Region of the Mountain Rescue Association and work as volunteers for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office; providing search and rescue services in Pitkin County and mutual aid for other counties throughout Colorado.
Colorado Army Aviation Support Facility
The 2-135th GSAB flies a variety of missions, from security operations to disaster relief. They might be transporting troops or aiding medical evacuations. Every member of aviation, from pilots to crew chiefs to mechanics, is vital to accomplishing a mission.
Every helicopter has its own team of mechanics to ensure it’s always running efficiently. In the event of a natural disaster, Guard pilots drop water and food and save those in harm’s way. They are trained to fly in any weather and take off or land in high-risk situations.
Founded in 1947, we are one of the oldest and most experienced mountain rescue teams in the country. We are contracted by the Boulder County Sheriff's Office as the county's primary mountain rescue agency, but upon request we also assist other mountain rescue teams outside the county.
Founded in 1959, the Alpine Rescue Team provides technical mountain rescue and search services in Clear Creek, Jefferson, and Gilpin counties as well as regional and national assistance when requested. The team is composed of highly trained non-paid professional rescue-mountaineers based in Evergreen, Colorado. Alpine is nationally accredited through the Mountain Rescue Association. The Team is also available to provide information and lectures on mountain safety to interested individuals and groups.
The Colorado Search and Rescue Association (CSAR) empowers every search and rescue team and partner in Colorado to accomplish their goals and duties better through advocacy, coordination, collaboration, and education.
It is the membership organization of Search and Rescue (SAR) Teams, Sheriffs, and other agencies that support SAR in Colorado. CSAR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that provides a point of contact for SAR matters across the state and represents SAR to governmental agencies and others outside of SAR. The CSAR State SAR Coordinators are on-call 24/7/365 to assist in the deployment of the Colorado Hoist Rescue Team.