The Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) was established in 1959 at Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood, Oregon making us the oldest Search and Rescue association in the United States.

The MRA is an organization of teams dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education. We do so by improving the quality, availability, and safety of mountain search and rescue. With over 90 government authorized units, the MRA has grown to become the critical mountain search and rescue resource in the United States.


NEW!  We added an Interactive Team Locator Map Page. to the website. Please check it out!


The end of the winter edition of the Meridian, the MRA newsletter is now available!  Download a High-Resolution Version. In this edition, articles include a report from the ICAR Terrestrial Delegation, a Medcom report on Airbags, a review of our 2016 mission reporting stats as well as the call for papers from ITRS and exciting details on the 2017 MRA Spring Conference in Boise Idaho!





It is time to submit your presenter proposals for the 2017 International Technical Rescue Symposium! This year’s event is occurring November 2-5, in Denver, Colorado. Details can be found at

Please consider sharing your latest research, experiences, and testing with others – just like you – in the rescue field. If you know someone willing to present a topic that the ITRS community would enjoy, please share this information with them now. ITRS is gathering persons from across the spectrum of rescue disciplines to share theoretical and practical news and views on:
 Controversial Issues
 New Equipment
 New Developments in Gear Technology
 Research and Testing Results
 Technique and Systems Discussions
 Medical Considerations in Rescue
 Analysis of High Angle Accidents
 Developments in Helicopter Rescue
 Swiftwater Rescue topics


CALL FOR SPEAKERS for the Mountain Rescue Association National Conference June 2-4, 2017 | Boise, Idaho Hosted by Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit.  

The Mountain Rescue Association National Conference is the largest annual gathering of mountain rescue professionals. The 2017 conference will feature instructional courses, technical field sessions, equipment demonstrations and social events that cater to all experience levels. From search and rescue professionals and incident commanders to first-year members, all will have the opportunity to learn new skills and share their knowledge with peers. Subject matter includes mountain rescue techniques and skills, search skills, incident command management, and pioneering technology being incorporated into the mountain rescues of today and tomorrow. Attendees will include search and rescue professionals from throughout the United States and abroad. Please consider joining us in Boise, Idaho to share your expertise and/or experiences with fellow peers and professionals. Boise offers rivers, mountains, deserts, lakes, and varying terrain, all within reach from the conference location. This makes it the perfect location to demonstrate, practice, and explore everything that makes our search and rescue community so diverse and skilled. Speakers will be given a discounted registration fee for the 2017 MRA National Conference. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2017. For consideration, please fill out our application form and email it to with the subject line “Call for Speakers.”


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The Fall 2016 edition of Meridian, the MRA newsletter is now available!  Download a High Resolution Version. In this edition, articles include ICAR Avalanche Delegation Reports, Liter Handling & Packaging for Cold Conditions, 2016 Spring Meeting Summary, The Lighter Side of SAR, Remembering one of our own, Dr Ray Hussey. and much more.


A new SILVER sponsor has stepped up to support the cause!
Please welcome Team Wendy and go check out the cool headgear!


Backcountry Access has stepped up to the plate and joined the MRA family as a SILVER sponsor!



Introduction to Search Management Best Practices has been added to the Training/ICS training section of the website!

It was produced by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit (an MRA member-team) in conjunction with the National Park Service Branch of Search and Rescue and with the help of the Arizona Department of Public Safety Aviation Bureau and Guardian Medical Transport.


We have new webinar training videos courtesy of our Presidential Partner, PMI! They produce a great series of training webinars and they are well worth a look!

PMI Webinar Series


The National Park Service has provided us with a “facilitated learning analysis (FLA)” for one of their high-angle training incidents.

“I gritted my teeth and let it slide. That right there was the worst decision of the day.” They went on to say “I have been trying to let them grow. I knew it was a bad decision, but I let it slide.” -Team Leader

You can find it here.


Please welcome Black Diamond Equipment / Pieps as a SILVER sponsor!


We are happy to announce that Matt Jacobs has completed a year-long research project entitled Terrain Based Probability Models for SAR! With some grant-support from the MRA he has taken a close look at terrain and how it correlates against historical find-data. Thank you Matt!

(Image courtesy Fox News)

The Fox News Everest segment and interview with MRA member Lisa Rust is now available! Thank you Lisa for taking the time to be available and represent the MRA! Fox News Video