Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) objectives are to maintain active groups of volunteers trained and equipped for humanitarian mountain search, rescue, and recovery operations; to assist the Grand County Sheriff and other jurisdictional authorities in emergencies upon request; to encourage and actively assist members in acquiring mountaineering and mountain rescue skills, knowledge and experience; to actively promote safety in mountain recreation to our members and the general public; and to foster mountain rescue as an independent discipline by cooperation and association with other mountain rescue groups and other rescue disciplines.
GCSAR provide support for an area of 1840 square miles - larger than the state of Rhode Island. 60% of the county is back country and not accessible by roads.
GCSAR has existed since the late 1970's, and was officially organized and incorporated in 1985. We have grown from a loose group of volunteers to a full-scale rescue team servicing all of Grand County. With the growth of Grand County as a recreational destination, our role to provide mountain search and rescue services has dramatically increased.
In 1995, we became fully accredited members of the national Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) by demonstrating team competence in all aspects of mountain search and rescue, including avalanche rescue, snow evacuation, high angle and scree rescues, search techniques, leadership, and communication skills. We also specialize in scenarios particular to Grand County, including snowmobile and swiftwater search and rescue.
Through our affiliation with Mountain Rescue Association and the Colorado Search and Rescue Board, we effect mutual aid search and rescue operations not only in Grand County, but wherever we may be needed in Colorado or other states.
I just have to say what a wonderful group of folks that comprise Grand County Search and Rescue!!! You saved my butt from freezing to death overnight when I got myself into trouble this past Thursday. You were so kind, patient and encouraging during the extraction process!! John and Kathy thank you for breaking trail and giving me the strength in each step! Dan thank you for scouting our route out. Kathy - thanks for the dried fruit! Also, sincere thanks to those who staged and followed us down to meet us! Love you Guys!! Jeff
This group is amazing! They likely saved my life yesterday, or at least prevented life time paralysis. You all and the paramedics you work with are second to none! I had residual low back pain for a while, then made the stupid choice of going backpacking with my family. I threw out my back and couldn't stand or walk. You guys hauled my beaten, terrified self to a helicopter. There were yucky parts you all handled with pure professionalism too, but I'll spare you the details. I can't thank you enough! Ann
An elite corps of consummate professionals. Highly motivated team, both disciplined and courteous. Assisted me on the trail when severely dehydrated. Grand County is indeed fortunate to have such skilled and dedicated individuals. Should you ever become cynical about humanity, do yourself a favor and meet any member of this group. Robert
A heartfelt thank you Travis, Dustin, Matt, and others who helped me out after a mountain biking accident this weekend in Winter Park. You were all so kind, efficient, and professional. Thank you for doing this work! Lila
They are a sight to see in action trust me! Your efforts will never be forgotten! Thanks again. Sean
Couldn't imagine the outcome without you all! Thanks for being amazing. Jocelyn
GCSR people, thank you SO much for your sacrifice and volunteer service. Restores my faith in humanity! Andy
Many thanks to the professionals. They found our friends who were lost from their hunting party. Cheryl Ann
A big Thank You to all the volunteers at GCSAR who give so much to help others. You rock! Laura
"The important thing to me, about SAR, is the good will of humans beings out there for the sole purpose of helping one other. It doesn't matter what shirt you wear or what you believe, we are just a group of people willing to help anyone who needs us, anytime." Chris Ziegler, GCSAR President
As a Young Volunteer for Grand County Search and Rescue, I was trained and mentored in a manner that gave me a lifelong career in emergency services. I recently retired after 30 years in emergency response and have never seen a more dedicated group of people as Grand County Search and Rescue.