Promoting Excellence as the World’s Largest Accredited Search and Rescue Team.
Montrose Search and Rescue was started in 1947 by a group of Civilian Air Defense members who wanted to help those in their community that became lost or injured in the local mountains. Originally known as the Montrose Mountaineers, the members of this team, past and present, have responded to thousands of calls and saved countless lives.
The Montrose Search and Rescue Team is one of eight non-profit, volunteer rescues teams affiliated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The men and women of the team are trained and ready to respond to virtually any wilderness emergency 24-hours a day. Averaging between 65-100 calls per year, makes Montrose Search and Rescue one of the busiest teams in the county. The team is always on call and is notified via pagers and cell phones when the need arises. While the team performs 95% of its duties in 500 square miles of the Los Angeles District of the Angeles National Forest, the team also travels throughout California and other requested locations to aid in a rescue or recovery
The Montrose Search and Rescue Team is made up of dedicated volunteers from the local community. They come from all walks of like and bring their own unique skills and experiences to the team. All team members are Reserve Deputies, EMT’s and Mountain Rescue (MRA) certified. Additionally, some members have specialized training in underground and mine rescue. They are business people, medical professionals, contractors, engineers, and teachers. While each member may have a different full-time occupation, they all share a common bond: The sense of satisfaction felt when the team participates in the successful location and rescue of someone in need.