About TCSAR

Teller County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit, urban, wilderness and mountain search and rescue team based in Teller County, Colorado. The team operates under the jurisdiction of the Teller County Sheriff’s Office. 

TCSAR is comprised of over 50 volunteers, devoted to ensuring that the public enjoys their time spent in our County. Members are trained in search, rescue, disaster aid, emergency medicine and wilderness education. Team members get called upon regularly to speak at local functions on various aspects relating to wilderness education.

Our mission is "locating and rescuing people in all areas of Teller County and portions of the surrounding area." This includes El Paso, Douglas, Park and Fremont Counties via agency assistance agreements. The area includes hundreds of square miles of rugged national forest land including a portion of Pike’s Peak. We can, and do, respond elsewhere in the state to assist other search and rescue units. By building strong relationships with these other departments, the result is a mutual assistance environment that benefits Teller County as well as our neighbors.

Our members spend hundreds of hours of personal time training – and of course, responding to actual missions. Each of our members purchase their own personal gear. Because field searchers must be able to navigate and survive in the wilderness for multiple days in various weather conditions, their personal cost for gear will typically exceed $1000. Members utilize their own vehicles for many missions. Often-time members take time off from work to participate in missions which cover a variety of situations including searches, rescues, snow emergencies, and evacuations. The one thing they all have in common is, they are emergency situations and have to be responded to in that mindset. Therefore the Teller County Sheriff’s Office alerts the incident commander.   The incident commander will assign a mission coordinator and the call is sent out to members at any time, day or night. Another mission type TCSAR typically covers is crowd and traffic control for law enforcement agencies and The City of Woodland Park.

Each member of the unit must undergo extensive training before they can participate in any mission. They must learn navigational skills (map, compass & GPS), survival techniques, first aid, radio communications, search and evacuation procedures, avalanche rescue, and many others. Members may attend extensive, specialized trainings throughout the state, which can mean days or even weeks of their personal time. There are also joint trainings with El Paso, Douglas and Park Counties. The unit arranges for trainings with Flight for Life personnel and makes use of the special skills available from other organizations. TCSAR continues to increase medical capabilities. There are several First Responders, EMTs, and MDs within the unit. This covers most emergency situations encountered on a mission. 

TCSAR also welcomes teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 years old who have an interest in Search and Rescue to participate in trainings and missions, under adult supervision, by way of our Junior Search and Rescue Program.  They qualify, train and participate in missions as any member of TCSAR with some minor restrictions - such as not driving emergency vehicles or participating in a mission during school hours. There are usually several Juniors actively participating in Unit activities.

Thank you for your interest in the efforts of Teller County Search and Rescue.  If you are interested in helping this great cause please feel free to donate by selecting the donate button below.  We are a registered 501c(3) so all donations are tax deductible. 

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