Get Involved

Are you willing to spend most of a Tuesday night/morning on the mountain carrying out a hiker with a sprained ankle? Have you spent a lot of time climbing or hiking in the mountains? Do you have experience in emergency medicine? Do you want to help people who need to be rescued in the mountains? If you can answer yes to one of the above questions, then we want to meet you! 

Expectations

We do not expect new members to be experienced mountain rescuers, but we do have these expectations:

  • Be in good physical condition.
  • Have the appropriate equipment and skills to be self sufficient in the mountains for at least 72 hours in all seasons.
  • Have your own personal safety & technical rescue gear
  • Be committed and willing to give your time to attend meetings, trainings, and missions.

On an annual basis every member of the team is required to meet our 4/4/4 requirements:  four meetings, four practices, four missions

Membership Process

We are currently in the process of training our new 2017 Operation Class!  Congratulatuions to our 15 new memebrs in training, we are looking foreward to seeing what you can do!  But what does that mean for you?!  It means that we not be taking new members again until the start of 2018.

Until then what can you do to get involved?

1) Attend a general meeting and meet the crew, general meetins are held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at the APD Substation on 12700 Montgomery Blvd NE. 

2) If you like what you see have yourself added to our Interested Volunteers list. We send email this list when we need volunteers for our trainings. It’s a great time and a great way to see how we work in the field.

3) Take a GPS and Map Skills class at a local place like REI.

4) Take the 3 AMRC required ICS Classes from FEMA, Free and Informative!

5) We do offer a possibility for individuals to transfer onto our team, for qualified individuals.

Transfers:

Individuals interested in joining AMRC with a strong background in mountain rescue, such as transfers from another MRA accredited team, must have a minimum of 3 years mountain rescue experience. If the individual does not have three years of experience, a Board approved course or background is acceptable.

Transfers must submit a resume with references to the Board along with a letter of recommendation from their previous team or other appropriate reference. Transfer applications are accepted all year.

If accepted by the Board, the member will be entered into the training rank. Once accepted as in-training rank, transfer members have up to six (6) months to successfully complete the following:

  1. Minimum of two (2) general meetings
  2. Minimum of two (2) trainings
  3. All operational member requirements (CPR, First aid, annual skills test, physical agility, etc)

Upon completion of the above requirements, transfer members must maintain the following during first six (6) months of probationary status:

  1. Attend 50% of team trainings and general meetings.
  2. The new member can go on missions ONLY with another AMRC full member
  3. 5% of missions or 4 or whatever is fewer of mission attendance

6) If you want to get involved but are not sure about the field componet of what we do, we have General Support Members on the team.

General Support Members:

Act as a radio operator, or conduct other non-field tasks as members of AMRC. These members will be expected to perform radio communications, track gear during a mission, assist ICS staff with documentation, and other functions as directed by ICS leadership or field personnel to assist with the success of the mission. The following requirements must be completed:

  • Attend 2 General Meetings
  • Attend 2 Team Trainings in Mission Support Role
  • Ham Radio Operator, Technician, or higher License
  • ICS 100, 200 & 700 (links above)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of maps and UTM coordinates
  •  Recommendation of Communication Chair
  •  Board Approval

If you are interested in getting involved, come on out to one of the general meetings and/or use the contact submission form to get in touch.