El Paso County Search and Rescue
Committed to saving lives through rescue and education.
  • There is never a charge for our service, year around, 24 hours a day
  • A non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation
  • Funded solely through generous public donations and grants
"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success."
Ernest Shackleton

We appreciate your interest in supporting El Paso County Search & Rescue.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please consider preparing by following these steps:

Step 1

Visit the team during our team meetings, especially in the summer and fall. These meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of every month (only the first Wednesday in December) at EPCSAR Rescue Base from 7 to 9 PM. Click the address below for directions. By attending these meetings, you will learn more about the team and how you can become a part of it. This is a required step to becoming a member.

Step 2

Carefully read the Frequently Asked Questions. Send any additional questions to membership@epcsar.org or bring them to a meeting. We will always do our best to answer your questions.

Step 3

Request an application by sending an email to membership@epcsar.org. Applications for the recruiting cycle will be available in early fall. You will be sent an application in PDF format that you can print, fill out, and mail as described in the accompanying instructions. Applications will be accepted until mid-December for the current recruiting cycle.

Additional Information

The members of our team are unpaid volunteers selected from the community. In recent years the team has been maintained at a level between 50 and 65 members.

EPCSAR recruits on an annual cycle. Applications are sent out beginning in the early fall; applications are accepted until mid-December; interviews are performed in mid-January; and final selection is completed by the end of January. New member training begins mid-February and is finished by the end of April.

Each new team member candidate must successfully complete the New Member Training course before being accepted as a probationary member. The New Member class meets two nights a week and once on each weekend for approximately 12 weeks. The New Member Training course is very concentrated and completion of every session is a passing requirement. At completion of the New Member training, probationary members are ready to respond to missions.

A non-refundable fee for the New Member Training course will be determined in advance of the start date. The cost for the course is approximately $185 to covers costs to the team. Prospective members supply their own personal gear (backpack, clothing, food, climbing equipment, helmets, etc.). The cost of required personal gear ranges from $1500 to $2,000.

Ongoing team training is conducted four times a month (two week-night classroom and two weekend field sessions), additional duties on a Search and Rescue committee is mandatory, and participation in community events is strongly encouraged. All members must maintain minimum participation standards to remain a member in good standing.

If you are a current member of a Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) team and are moving to the Colorado Springs area, you may apply for immediate consideration.


To submit an application, you must:

  1. Be at least age 21 at time of application
  2. Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  3. Be a resident of El Paso County

All applicants will be subject to a background check. To pass this at a minimum you must not:

  1. Have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment in a federal or state penitentiary or of an offense involving dishonesty, unlawful sexual conduct, physical violence, or the unlawful use, sale or possession of a controlled substance.
  2. Have been convicted of a D.U.I. within the previous four years beginning with the date of conviction to the date of application.
El Paso County Search and Rescue
3950 Interpark Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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