Summit County Rescue Group

SCRG has been a vital part of the Summit County community and saving lives in the backcountry for close to 50 years. With demand for search and rescue at an all-time high and growing, your support is needed more than ever. Donate today or schedule a donation for Colorado Gives Day!

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backcountry rescue

Class

Public Safety, Disaster Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Females
Males
Children (3 -12 years)

Description

We rescue individuals lost or injured in the backcountry of Summit County Colorado. As a county with a high level of tourist visitation, we serve rescue subjects from all over the state, the nation, the world. They may be from any income level or personal/professional background, and they include children as well as adults.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our volunteer members include many professional paramedics, EMTs and even a retired doctor, which allows us to meet a very high standard of care as first responders. Our mission coordinator team includes individuals with 30 or 40 years experience managing missions and running searches. We have never had an unsuccessful search.

Backcountry safety public education

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Females
Males
Children (3 -12 years)

Description

Our volunteer members sponsor and/or attend many public safety education events throughout the year, include school visits, ski area safety fairs and town safety events. We have been holding an annual avalanche seminar for other rescue teams for over 40 years. We also use our social media channels to educate the public. Topics include avalanche awareness, avalanche rescue, hiking safety, water safety, climbing safety, altitude sickness prevention, backcountry navigation, and what to do in a backcountry emergency.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Preventative search and rescue (PSAR) outcomes are impossible to measure. We'll never know if we prevented an accident in the backcountry through our educational efforts. Tracking incident numbers against hours spent in these programs does not help, because our incident numbers rise every year due to population growth, tourism growth, and, especially since Covid, an exponential increase in backcountry recreation. We do know that our educational programs are highly praised and sought after by the Summit County community, and we believe our educational efforts prevent some backcountry accidents every year.

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