Summit County Rescue Group is a 100% all-volunteer organization, located in one of the busiest outdoor recreation areas in the country. Members freely give their time and resources to selflessly help others, train to the highest standards, manage administrative matters and even fundraise for the group.
Today SCRG has over 65 volunteer members that respond to 911 emergency rescue calls 365 days a year. We typically receive over 100 calls for help per year; in 2020 we had a record number of calls at 185. In 2021, SCRG has already responded to 197 calls.
Our volunteers can't do it alone. Help us reach our $50,000 match goal. Every dollar you donate between now and Colorado Gives Day will be matched by The Summit Foundation, and go twice as far to save lives.
Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG) truly saves lives in Summit County, at no cost, since 1972. The group has responded to over 4,000 missions. Whether a lost hiker, avalanche victim or injured backcountry skier, mountain search and rescue teams like SCRG are accustomed to dealing with people having the worst moment of their lives. Trauma, suffering and death are only a part of the story; the men and women of SCRG also contend with and help ease the grief of the family members and friends of those they help.
SCRG also plays an important role in supporting the local and state economies, which are heavily dependent on tourism and outdoor recreation. According to a report from the Colorado Tourism Office, tourism spending reached more than $1 billion in 2018. The people that SCRG rescues and assists are from all walks of life, from all over the state, the country and beyond.
SCRG also engages in preventative search and rescue (PSAR) programs by participating in community safety events such as Safe Summer Kick-off, Copper Mountain Safety Fest, and other local events. We visit elementary schools to teach the Hug a Tree program, help the local snowmobile club with their avalanche rescue skills, visit high school emergency medical skills classes and events, and teach local community members about the importance of being prepared in the backcountry. We also use our social media channels to educate the public about backcountry safety on an almost daily basis.
To help ensure the continued safety of visitors and residents, and the economic vitality of backcountry recreation, please join us in giving back to the community.
In 2020, Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said, "It is my opinion that Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG) does more to directly save lives in the county's backcountry than any other public safety agency in the county."