The Ouray Mountain Rescue Team was incorporated in 1974 as a non-profit organization to serve the technical rescue and emergency medical service needs of Ouray County. Our team is made up entirely of volunteers and all of our financial support comes from fund raising events, merchandise sales, donations and grants. Our services are free – we do not charge to search for, or rescue, anyone.
Active members of the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team are available 24/7 for callouts that range from high and low angle rescues, litter excavations, swift-water emergencies, searches, and mutual aid to neighboring counties. The team holds general membership meetings the second Wednesday of each month, proceeded by a scenario-based training session the following Saturday morning. Members also participate in ad-hoc training sessions, and represent the team at a number of community events.
Team members must maintain a high level of competence in a number of traditional search and rescue disciplines. Team member skills include technical rope rescue (high and low angle), emergency medicine, avalanche, swift water, tracking, search management and communications.