Alpine Rescue Team of Evergreen, Colorado is a mountain search and rescue unit dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue, and mountain safety education. The Team is composed totally of volunteers and is available upon request to help in mountain search and rescue problems anywhere, under the authority of local jurisdiction agencies. The Team is also available to provide information and lectures on mountain safety to interested individuals and groups.
The Team usually participates in 120 to 140 field missions per year; these are generally divided about equally between rescues and searches. The Team averages 7,000 volunteer-hours per year in field missions, and at least twice that figure in volunteer-hours spent in training.
The work is totally volunteer — the members donate their time, money, and transportation and have to purchase their own personal equipment that may exceed $1000 per year. Time spent away from work is often money out of their own pockets.
Our reward? That rare and fulfilling experience of being able to provide direct and much-needed help to someone in trouble in the mountains. The members of the Alpine Rescue Team love the mountains; we want others to enjoy them the way we do — safely.
The mission of Alpine Rescue Team is to ensure all-weather, 24/7, search and rescue response, preparedness, community education, coordination and leadership to Colorado's residents and visitors. Alpine Rescue Team responds to emergencies such as avalanches, lost hikers, high-altitude/vertical rescues and/or other situations in Colorado's mountainous terrain. Alpine Rescue is an independent, 501 (c) 3 volunteer organization, not a government agency. Available 24/7, Alpine Rescue Team's assistance is always given free of charge!
The team survives on donations from the public, along with some state and local grants.