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 that fall and 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 served the Douglas County, Greater Denver, and Colorado with distinction, averaging over one-hundred missions per year.
Mountain Rescue Association
DCSAR has been accredited by the Mountain Rescue Association since 2005 and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Region of the Mountain Rescue Association. Teams in the Rocky Mountain Region are among the most skilled SAR teams in the nation, as they must test and be evaluated by their peer teams every five years in the following five discliplines:
- High Angle Technical Rescue
- Scree Field Evacuation
- Winter Rescue
- Avalanche Operations
The Mountain Rescue logo is a registered trademark of the Mountain Rescue Association, www.mra.org.
Colorado Search and Rescue Board
DCSAR is very active in Colorado state-wide SAR activities. Some of our senior members serve as state coordinators and have helped shape search and rescue related legislation and policies. The Colorado Search and Rescue Board is a Colorado not-for-profit corporation that provides a point of contact for search and rescue matters on a state level.
Douglas County Fire Chief’s Association
Formed in the mid-1980s and incorporated by the State of Colorado in 1993, the Douglas County Fire Chiefs Association (DCFCA) is comprised of the Fire and Rescue Departments located in Douglas County and portions of Arapahoe County. In addition, membership is also held by other public safety agencies, including law enforcement, EMS, and emergency management.
Board of Directors
- President – Bruce Fosdick
- Vice-President – Morris Hansen
- Secretary – Jan Sturgeon
- Treasurer – Bill Barrett
- Director-at-large – Derek Wehling
- Field Director – Paul Ashton
- Sheriff’s Liaison – Lt. Larry Noble
- Budget and Finance – Bruce Fosdick
- Communications – Andy Koncsik
- Equipment – Bill Clendenning
- Medical – Derek Wehling
- PSAR (preventative search and rescue) – David Farrar
- Policies and Standards – Bruce Fosdick
- Training – Bill Clendenning
- Vehicle – Scott Walker
DCSAR also publishes a quarterly newsletter. Please download and read to learn more about the team and what we are up to. The newsletter is in PDF format.
This edition features articles describing how DCSAR interacts with other agencies such as county and state emergency operation centers and the Colorado Search and Rescue Board.
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The newsletter returns for 2012! Features include the DCSAR 10-Year-Plan, a medical committee update, and a discussion regarding our recent participation in a county-wide CART exercise.
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The final edition of 2011 features a discussion on how the team came to be involved in the annual HRCA Race Series Backcountry Wilderness 1/2 Marathon.
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The second quarter edition of our 2011 newsletter features an article on trusting your teammates by Jesse Adamy and a tribute to Tim Cochrane of Vail Mountain Rescue Group by President Bruce Fosdick.
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This edition features information about DCSAR’s partnership with Elk Mountain Brewing to bring an exciting fundraising event to Parker, Colorado in May.
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