El Paso County Search and Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue, and education.
EPCSAR provides search and rescue services primarily in the jurisdiction of El Paso County, Colorado, under the authority of the El Paso County Sheriff. However, the team also responds to requests for assistance from other counties through a cooperative arrangement with the Colorado Search and Rescue Board (CSRB).
El Paso County Search and Rescue maintains certification through the international Mountain Rescue Association (MRA). Our members, numbering, ranging from 50 to 65 strong, serve in a variety of roles while working towards a single goal: saving lives.
What We Do
EPCSAR specializes in search and rescue operations involving:
Rescue or medical assistance
Search for missing, lost, or overdue
Missing aircraft, balloon, or glider
Activated emergency locator transmitters (ELT)
Activated personal locator beacons (PLB)
Disaster operations (flood, blizzard/snowstorm, major fire, earthquake, tornado, etc.)
Technical rescue/recovery, such as: high angle, ice rescue, confined space, avalanche
EPCSAR is a non-profit, volunteer organization. All funding is derived from individual donations, grants, and other types of fundraising. Our members spend countless hours of their free time - and occasionally their work time - training and learning so that they will be ready to respond to a search and rescue operation on a moment's notice. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the EPCSAR organization.
About El Paso County
El Paso County lies in east central Colorado and encompasses more than 2,158 square miles. The altitude ranges from about 5,095 feet in the eastern portion to 14,115 on the summit of Pikes Peak.
With over 150,000 acres (230 square miles) of open space, El Paso County is an outdoor enthusiast paradise, offering hunting, fishing, camping, rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking.
El Paso County Search and Rescue is a third generation organization. Its predecessors include the Mountain Aire C.B. Radio Club and the Wilderness Wanderers Search and Rescue Group.
The Mountain Aire C.B. Radio Club, organized in 1963, was primarily a C.B. radio club, but did respond to some search and disaster situations. The Wilderness Wanderers Search and Rescue Group was formed in 1965 and its primary function was search and rescue.
The present group was incorporated on April 8, 1970 as a nonprofit organization. In 1975, the group was accepted as a member of the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) and has become one of the most experienced rescue groups in Colorado.
Over the years, the team has built its skills and accumulated the necessary equipment to become a totally self-supporting field unit capable of providing all of its needs to maintain a field operation lasting several days.
The team's inventory of mountaineering equipment, medical gear, and radio equipment is extensive and was procured over a long period of time and hard work. In 1990, the team purchased a building to serve as an operational base, training facility, and location to store group vehicles and gear.