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Alpine Rescue Team

"An organization dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue and mountain safety education" Alpine Rescue Team members are highly trained non-paid professional rescue-mountaineers based in Evergreen, Colorado.

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Mountain Rescue Leadership

Class

Public Safety, Disaster Services 

Beneficiaries

Outdoor Recreationists
Wildlife Enthusiasts
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

As an active member in the National Mountain Rescue Association (MRA), National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and the Colorado Search and Rescue Association (CSAR), Alpine representatives address local, national and international search and rescue issues and contribute to the development and exchange of search and rescue knowledge, techniques, and capabilities. In 2018, Alpine members served in several positions:

* Paul Woodward - CSAR Officer - Secretary / State SAR Coordinator
* Lynda Wacht - MRA Regional Officer - Secretary
* Tom Wood - MRA Rep. for terrestrial - International
* Charley Shimanski - MRA Rep. for Air Rescue - International

The Alpine Rescue Team collaborates with other federal, state and private agencies to create and maintain safety and capability standards for mountain rescue organizations, enhance disaster response preparedness, and support homeland security initiatives.

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Evidence of Program's Success

These Regional, National and International organizations have existed for over 50+ years. The success of these organizations is shown through the continual commitment of the organizations' members in providing free search and rescue services to the public.

Search and Rescue Training

Class

Public Safety, Disaster Services 

Beneficiaries

Outdoor Recreationists
Wildlife Enthusiasts
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Alpine Rescue Team conducts an intensive program of classroom and field trainings to maintain proficiency in search, rescue and medical skills. In 2018, 60+ classroom training sessions were held. Lecture topics included an Emergency Medical Care (EMR) recertification course, map and compass navigation, equipment strengths, winter snow anchors, etc. In 2018, 30+ field trainings were held throughout Clear Creek and Jefferson counties. They included scree practice, vertical evacuations, mock missions, rescue olympics and helicopter familiarization. Field trainings also included the annual Mount Evans Sawtooth Route familiarization climb and the Ouray ice climbing training. The detailed training schedule is available on the team website.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Alpine is regarded by its peers as one of the most highly skilled mountain rescue teams in the United States.

Search and Rescue Operations

Class

Public Safety, Disaster Services 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified
Outdoor Recreationists
Wildlife Enthusiasts
Children (4-12 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Alpine Rescue Team was established in 1959 for the primary purpose of coordinating and conducting humanitarian mountain search and rescue operations. Team and personal equipment are maintained in a constant state of readiness, enabling the team to respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Routine team trainings are structured to help members maintain proficiency in search and rescue skills and to enable the team to safely conduct operations in Colorado's mountainous terrain in all climatic conditions.

The primary area of response is in Clear Creek, Jefferson and Gilpin Counties along the I-70 corridor between the Denver metropolitan area and the Continental Divide. Missions are frequently conducted in the Arapaho, Pike and Roosevelt National Forests, Jefferson County Open Space Parks, and Denver Mountain Parks. In addition, Alpine continues to provide mutual-aid to other search and rescue teams throughout Colorado and the western states.

In 2018, Alpine conducted 134 missions. In addition to the three counties that the team has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with, the team assisted on 20 missions for other County Sheriffs. Alpine continues to lead the state in the number of times they assist other county search and rescue (SAR) Teams. Less than half of the missions in 2018 involved searches for missing or lost parties. The remaining missions included technical rope rescue, avalanche and winter rescues, and body recoveries.

Alpine has seen a marked increase in search and rescue mission activity in the past 7 years. Since 2012 the team has averaged 126 SAR missions each year.

In 2018, team members contributed 20,668 person-hours to missions, trainings, outreach, and administrative activities. Using the National Park Service pay scale for incident commanders, field team leaders and field team members, this time is valued at close to $581,390.

Emergencies can occur at any time and at any point of the year. Alpine is on call at all times. However, most emergencies that result in SAR missions take place on weekends, with the majority of missions occurring between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In the past 20 years the number of missions performed each year has nearly doubled. We feel that the people who have benefited from our services are appreciative, as evidenced by their donations, thank you cards, and continued general support of the team.

Mountain Safety -Community Outreach Mountain Safety

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Outdoor Recreationists
Wildlife Enthusiasts
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)

Description

The Alpine Rescue Team believes education is as important to public safety as search and rescue operations. The Team developed courses in backcountry first aid, map and compass navigation, and avalanche safety and rescue which are designed to keep backcountry travelers safe and enable them to rescue themselves and their companions.

In 2018, Alpine members were involved in fifty-nine (59) Public Relation and Education events for 1,556 people which included Preventive Search and Rescue Program (PSAR) lectures and classes and field workshops designed to teach backcountry skills to outdoor recreationists.

Alpine team members certified to present the nationally acclaimed Hug-A-Tree and Survive Program hosted several programs to teach children aged 5 to 12 how to avoid getting lost in the woods and how to respond if they do.

Team members offered professional education within the search, rescue, and public safety committees as well. At local, state and national conferences and symposia, Alpine members used their experience and high caliber of expertise to train others.

Through the Colorado Search and Rescue Association, Alpine members have taught the national-standard search management course to colleagues across the state. Alpine members have also created national-standard courses for the Mountain Rescue Association.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We frequently encounter people that participated in our classes or courses and who have benefitted from the information and training they received.

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