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Rocky Mountain Rescue Group

Rocky Mountain Rescue Group is one of the oldest and busiest Mountain Search & Rescue teams in the country. Our all-volunteer membership contributes roughly 16,000 person-hours per year. We count on donations from people like YOU to continue our high level of search and rescue operations.

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Mountain Search & Rescue Operations

Class

Public Safety, Disaster Services 

Beneficiaries

General Public
Outdoor Recreationists

Description

The 200+ mountain search and rescue calls we respond to include missing and injured hikers, fallen climbers, bicyclists, skiers, automobile accidents, ATV riders, horse riders, hunters, snowmobilers, hang/para gliders, and downed aircraft. Mountain rescue techniques utilized include vertical evacuations on rock faces, scree evacuations down steep terrain, trail carries, and tyrolean traverses across streams.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evidence is shown by the following: mission response and patient evacuation times that are at the top of the profession, an extremely high patient safety rating, and a low number of workers compensation claims from rescuers.

Outdoor Safety Education

Class

Public Safety, Disaster Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
General Public
Outdoor Recreationists

Description

RMRG provides outdoor safety education classes and presentations for groups such as the boy scouts, distributes outdoor safety education information at events, and provides materials online. RMRG also performs accident investigations for major climbing accidents to determine lessons learned.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evidence for short term success is the number of outdoor safety education classes and presentations we provide each year (typically 10 to 20). Evidence of long term success is not possible because the population continues to increase and there are not accurate enough statistics about the number of visitors to Boulder County parks and open space.

Disaster Response

Class

Public Safety, Disaster Services 

Beneficiaries

General Public

Description

Disaster response has been a focus since our beginning and in the last 2 decade, has been a major component of our work. From the 2013 flood, to multiple major fires in Boulder County, to the 2003 blizzard, to continued response during the 2020 pandemic, and even assisting in the evidence search for the space shuttle Columbia.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have safely and efficiently responded to every natural disaster in Boulder County since our inception. For the last 2 decades, we have been able to fully staff our response for the length of the disaster.

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