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 one of 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. 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 this year’s recruiting cycle are available now. You will be sent an application in PDF format that you can print, fill out, and turn in as described in the accompanying instructions. Applications will be accepted until July 31 for the 2020 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 currently being accepted for a new member class that is expected to begin in September 2020. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020. This class will run nine weeks; specific dates and times will be posted as they are firmed up.

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 nine 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, approximately $185, is required to cover 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 sessions and two weekend field sessions). Additional duties on one of our committees is mandatory, and participation in community events is strongly encouraged. All members must maintain minimum participation standards to remain in good standing on the team.

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

  4. Possess a valid driver’s license

All applicants will be subject to a background check. To pass this at a minimum you must:

  1. Have no felony convictions.

  2. Have no misdemeanor convictions in the past three years.

  3. Be off any type of probation or parole for three years.

  4. Have not had any arrests in the last three years.

  5. Not have been incarcerated or held in a detention facility in the last three years. must report any criminal record, CCIC/NCIC, or CBI, regardless of how long ago it was.