Are you interested in becoming a member of Chaffee County Search and Rescue – South? An application for membership can be found here.


Membership Requirements
You will need to attend 3 monthly training meetings and complete the online NIMS training in order to become a member. At your third meeting your application for membership will be voted on by the members present.  Meeting are held the 3rd Monday of each month (except December) at the CCSAR-S building located at 10364 CR 120 in Poncha Springs.  The training portion of the meeting begins at 7:00pm and the business meeting at 8:00.

Training and certifications

NIMS – All members must complete two National Incident Management Systems classes before you are voted in as a member. The two classes required are IS-100.a (ICS 100) Introduction to Incident Command System and IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

First Aid Certification – within one year of membership, you will be required to attend and pass a certified First Aid class that includes CPR training and is offered by an accredited organization. Not required but highly recommended is a two day Wilderness First Aid Class. CCSAR-S provides scholarships to pay for this training.

Flight for Life Lift Ticket – in order to ride in a Flight for Life helicopter for SAR purposes, you are required to attend a half day Flight for Life training class. Upon completion of the class you will be issued a Lift Ticket, which must be presented to Flight for Life staff before you will be allowed to board a helicopter. Classes are typically offered once a year in Chafee County. Certification must be renewed annually.
Additional Training – although not required, there will be many opportunities throughout the course of the year for additional training. These sessions are open to and encouraged for all members and may be offered directly by CCSAR-S or in conjunction with other agencies. Some examples of training include: ATV/Rokon training, Avalanche Beacon use, Low Angle ropes courses, snowmobile and Swift water rescue.

Personal Equipment
CCSAR-S maintains a supply of equipment for use in rescue situations; however you are responsible for supplying all of your own personal equipment. A list detailing the equipment you should plan to carry for both the winter and summer seasons will be included in your CCSAR-S member manual. This equipment should include everything you will need to keep yourself safe in the backcountry for a 24 hour period.

Typical mission procedures
Upon receiving a 911 call, the Chaffee County Sheriff will make the decision to call out Search and Rescue. You will receive a page giving the basic details of the situation. All members available to respond to the call will report as quickly as possible to the SAR bay where they will be briefed with more information about the call. It is important to arrive at the bay with all of the necessary personal equipment that you will need for the mission, including food and water, as missions typically last many hours. Members present along with Incident Command will assess the situation and plan the missions necessary to find or rescue the lost or injured party. We will load SAR vehicles with the necessary communications and safety equipment and proceed to the trailhead or search location to begin the rescue