Routt County Search and Rescue was officially incorporated in 1968.
We are a group of volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We can be called anytime day or night, 7 days a week, and in any type of weather.
RCSAR started years ago with a small group of guys who would be called by their friends to come and help them get unstuck in the backcountry when they were snowmobiling. After several years of this they decided to make an official group of members who would meet and train in other aspects of the backcountry to help not only their friends but others who might need their assistance. The concept of helping strangers as though they were friends is the same concept that drives today's official RCSAR team
RCSAR is a member of the MRA which means we are tested in 5 different special areas of rescues and search every 5 years.
Our team is made up of unpaid volunteers who love the backcountry. Special skills are not required to become a member; we meet and train our members twice a month and also have a ropes group that trains once a month. The only requirement to join is your time commitment and enjoyment of the backcountry and things like hiking, skiing, snowshowing, ATV, and snowmobile riding.
RCSAR is sent out on rescues for injured or ill recreationalists. We are also called on searches for people who are completely lost, or for those who have become disoriented and just need some help and directions to get back to their car.
RCSAR is very motorized with a fleet of 8 ATV's and 8 snowmobiles. We can also use a wheeled litter to carry injured or ill recreationalists out should we be called to an area that we can't access with machines due to the terrain, or areas that motorized vehicles are not allowed, such as Wilderness areas.
The average mission takes 5 – 8hrs to complete from the time the page goes off to the time we are back at the barn and all equipment is put back and ready for the next mission.
15-008; Mar 20 – a father and daughter had gotten separated from their snowmobile tour group and were reported overdue. A team on snowmobiles went out to look for them in the directed that was most probable for them to have made the incorrect turn back to the tour operation and due to the age of the daughter (5 yrs) and now dark with no moon the helicopter was asking to help with NVG goggles. It only took a short time for the helicopter to spot the fire that the first tour guide that was out looking for them had started. All parties were fine and got a nice ride back via the helicopter. It was a joint mission for RSCAR with the help of North Routt Fire and Classic Air Ambulance and one civilian with extensive knowledge of the area.