Douglas County Search and Rescue invites anyone over 18 years old with an interest in the outdoors and helping others to apply for membership. Previous search and rescue or emergency services experience is not required, but new members are expected to know basic camping, hiking, survival and other outdoor skills. New members have brought a wide variety of rescue, medical, and leadership skills to the team.
All members must provide their own outdoor clothing and personal equipment. Prospective members must live within thirty minutes of normal driving time of Douglas County. The Douglas County Sheriff performs background and DMV checks on all applicants and reserves the right to deny membership to anyone not passing these checks.
There is a non-refundable (unless application denied) fee which pays for books and insurance for each new member. The team does not charge monthly or annual dues, however each member is required to pay annual network fees for their team pager.
There are minimum attendance requirements for members for both trainings and missions. Failure to meet minimum attendance may result in loss of field status and possible dismissal from the team. DCSAR provides emergency services for the citizens of Douglas County, so members are expected to respond to callouts when available.
DCSAR recruits new members each July. Training typically begins in September and runs through May. Candidates join fielded members on all regularly scheduled trainings, plus have an additional orientation training each month. Most new members become fielded by the Memorial Day Holiday. If you want to learn more about the team, please join us at our 2nd and 4th Wednesday night classroom trainings, which are open to the public. The meeting location is the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility (HRLETF).
If you would like more information about applying for membership, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bruce Fosdick at (303) 688-2751.
Our training topics include map, compass and GPS use; climbing, rappelling, use of rescue equipment, low and high angle rescue; patient evaluation, packaging and handling, wilderness medical considerations; search theory, strategy and tactics; tracking; and winter operations. All team members must be certified at some level of first aid beyond basic first aid. First aid and medical certification classes are held independently of other team training.
DCSAR trains year-round four times a month: two Wednesday evenings, one Saturday, and one Sunday each month.
This is a large time commitment, and something to consider before applying for membership. DCSAR members donate over 10,000 combined hours of time each year with missions, training, and community outreach activities combined.