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The Team was founded in 1951 by a group of dedicated outdoorsmen from the local community. When someone was hiking in the local mountains and didn't come home, or when someone was injured in the local mountains, these individuals were called. These calls for help became frequent enough that they decided to form an organization and recruit members.


Team members on their way to a rescue
Team members on their way to a rescue

Because Team members would be going into steep and treacherous terrain, possibly at night or in the rain, it was imperative that all members of the Team be well trained. This tradition of excellence has served the Team well: for over a half a century, there has never been a serious injury to a Team member on a search & rescue operation.

From our original beginnings in 1951 as the first Mountain rescue Team in California, today's Team carries on the same tradition of service and excellence. The Team has been on search and rescue operations throughout the western United States and in Mexico and is well know across the country. Team members have also been - and continue to be - pioneers in the devolvement of new rescue equipment and techniques that are now being used world-wide.

Over the years the Team has varied in size from the original 16 to several dozen, but the tradition of excellence has never been compromised. Team members literally come from all walks of life and have very diverse backgrounds. But a common thread binds these individuals together: a love of mountaineering and a unique desire to help others. The selection criteria for new members are very stringent, and the training program that they must go through before becoming a regular member takes well over a year. Because the Team is always looking for qualified members, you have an opportunity to make a difference. If you have a love for the outdoors and a desire to help people, click on our recruiting link to learn more.

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 February 2008 )