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.  Video MRA – Our Story

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.






It is time to submit your presenter proposals for the 2018 International Technical Rescue Symposium! This year’s event is occurring November 1-4, in Portland, Oregon. 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.


NEW Website Pages:
– Interactive MRA Team Searches in 2018.  See the location of MRA Team Search & Rescues year to date.
Mission Summary 2014 – 2017.  Detailed information including total MRA team missions, volunteer hours, and missions by MRA teams. 
– Interactive MRA Team Locator Map.  Find MRA Team Locations throughout the United States & Canada.


Meridian Fall 2017

The fall edition of the Meridian, the MRA newsletter is now available! Download a high-resolution version here. In this edition, we review two exciting new books, discuss treatment of major trauma in the backcountry, get an overview of MRA mission reporting and the MRA Conference Scholarship Program.




Yes it is that time of year again, MRA membership dues are due January 1, 2018.

Please save this link and this is how your team will submit your team information this year for your dues (one submission per team).  After completing this online form please mail in your check for the proper amount.

Remember you team will not be allowed to vote at the February winter meeting if your dues have not been received.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to submit your Team Roster with this online form, so please get together with your treasurer and make sure the number of people on your roster matches the amount of your dues payment. There will be a delay in processing if your dues payment amount and number of members on your roster do not match.

Online Dues Form:

You may forward this link to the appropriate person on your team.


Thank you to Benchmade for their SILVER 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.


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