Join TCSAR

Thank you for your interest in joining Teller County Search and Rescue. Everyone (members and non-members) are invited to attend our general membership meetings and we encourage you to do so. We normally meet the first Monday of every month at the Woodland Park Library (downstairs meeting room).  The meeting begins at 7 pm. It is occasionally necessary for us to change the meeting location or change the date. Please contact Janet Bennett at janet.bennett@tellersar.org or 719-306-0826 for the exact date and location. This is a great way to learn more about TCSAR and find out when the next window for new applications will begin. 

New applicants are required to pay an initiation fee of $50. This will cover your first year's dues and your background check. You are required to attend the general membership meetings once you have submitted your application. You must also plan to attend our April training cycle. Once you have completed all of the trainings offered in the month of April, the general membership will vote on acceptance into the unit. Upon successfully completing training and election into the unit, you will enter as either a mission support member or a field deployable member. More information on trainings is listed on the "training" page.  

 The classes of membership are as follows:

  • General Support - May attend meetings only.  This level has no voting privileges.  
  • Mission Support - Participates in searches and other events in an organizational or supply role, does not go into the field.
  • SAR Tech III - Participates in non-technical assignments on a search.
  • SAR Tech II - Participates in technical searches. Capable of being self sufficient in the field for 72 hours.
  • SAR Tech I - The highest level of field deployability.   
  • Team Leader - Is familiar with operations of a search and can appropriately lead a team of searchers in the field.
  • High Angle Rescue Team Member - Participates in technical rescues on High Angle terrain.
  • Hasty Team Member - Trained and available to deploy quickly and begin initial search tasks.

Please visit the training site to view requirements to acheive each class.

There are also additional certifications that may be acquired by each individual. Some of those certifications are:

  • Basic ATV
  • Advanced ATV
  • Medical Certifications (Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, EMT, etc.)
  • High Angle Rescue Team  (HART)
  • Tracker
  • K9 Handler 
  • Equine Certification

Though none of these certifications are required for any member, any additional skills acquired will be used by the team.