INFORMATION TO KNOW ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER
CCSAR-S is funded by donations only and is an all-volunteer organization serving the southern portion of Chaffee County. Members have common interests to serve our community and help those lost or hurt in the backcountry. We also assist Chaffee SAR-North with mutual aid when requested. SAR reports directly to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Department.
Members are required to participate in meetings, trainings and volunteer activities. The most important role of our members is Mission Readiness. Their willingness to show up at the sar bay and participate in a mission is critical to saving lives. Our primary goal is simple… search and rescue. In order to be safe in the field this requires members to participate and know how to work together as a Search and Rescue unit. Membership safety is priority AND finding the lost or injured party is a priority.
Only participating members need apply.
Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month (except December). We meet 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.
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Training and Certifications
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/CPR/AED (Minimum Certification)
Within 3 months of being voted into membership, if you aren’t certified, you will be required to attend a First Aid class that includes CPR/AED training and is offered by an accredited organization. Basic First Aid/CPR/AED certification is good for 2 years, at which time you will be required to take the class again. All certifications for members must be current.
Helicopter Lift Ticket
In order to ride in either Flight for Life or In-Reach helicopter for SAR purposes, you are required to attend a training class for each organization. Upon completion of the class you will be issued a Lift Ticket (for each organization) which must be presented to staff before you will be allowed to board the helicopter. Certification must be renewed annually. Boarding a helicopter is optional but the training is essential for working safely around a helicopter.
There are opportunities throughout 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/OHV, Avalanche Rescue, Low Angle Ropes, Snowmobile and Swift Water Rescue.
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 will be required to have on missions will be provided. This equipment should include everything you will need to keep yourself safe in the backcountry for 2 full days and an overnight.
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 mission 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.