DCSAR was formed in September of 1998 and had its first meeting in October of that year. El Paso County Search and Rescue, south of Douglas County, loaned the team equipment, provided instruction, and allowed the team to use its facility for training.
Members went through intensive training and that fall the team was declared operational in December. The team’s first mission, for two missing dirt bike riders on Rampart Range, was on February 10, 1999. The missing bikers were located cold, but alive, in near blizzard conditions by team members.
Since then, DCSAR has become certified as a Mountain Rescue Association team, serving Douglas County, Greater Denver, and Colorado with distinction, averaging over 130 missions per year. Our team is able to operate in-county or anywhere in the State of Colorado at the highest altitudes for extended periods without resupply.
DCSAR operates under the authority of the Douglas County Sheriff. Calls range from searches for missing persons in residential areas to rescues of those injured in the wilderness. DCSAR and the Douglas County Sheriff do not charge for search and rescue services. Read more on this issue from the Colorado Search and Rescue Board.
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