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.


Welcome to the NEW MRA.ORG! This new site is powered by WordPress which will allow more timely changes and updates. If you find any broken links or other site issues please send us an email! October 1, we added an Interactive Team Locator Map Page.


The Summer 2016 edition of Meridian, the MRA newsletter is now available!  Download a High Resolution Version. In this edition articles include MRA Spring 2016 Conference Wrap Up, Malibu SAR / LA Sheriff’s Department’s Pink Patch Project, MedCom Sunscreen, MRA MedCom Bios, 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!


This years’ International Technical Rescue Symposium or ITRS is being held on November 3-6 in Albuquerque NM. Since the MRA is a proud co- sponsor our membership will receive a discount on registration. There is a further early bird discount for registering before May 1 for a total savings of $140. The brochure is here and if you would like to present at the symposium, please review the call-for-papers announcement.
There are also grants available, visit to learn more.


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


Thank you to Benchmade for their PLATINUM level support! Whether it’s a rescue hook or the versatile Triage knife, Benchmade products are built from the finest materials and held to the highest standards. The result is unparalleled performance and reliability; all backed by the LifeSharp lifetime service and warranty program.


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