The mission of Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment is to cultivate, inspire, and produce dog teams for successful avalanche search and rescue.

A Relationship That Works

The Avalanche Deployment Program combines the skill, expertise, and stamina of SAR and avalanche teams, with the Flight For Life® Colorado helicopter and crew, who expedite the rescue of an injured or ill party and evacuate them to appropriate medical care.

Summit County is one of several counties who participate in this program in which members dedicate numerous personal hours to be ready at a moment’s notice to help others in need.

The Team Players and Their Role in Avalanche Deployment

A C-RAD team includes a dog handler, an avalanche technician, and an avalanche dog – the heart and soul of the program – who work daily to stay sharp and excel in the snow.

Level II Validated Snow Tech

Generally located at the local ski patrol, they are the most senior techs participating in the program. They determine snow conditions at the scene, scene safety, and perform a survey of the terrain from the air.

Avalanche Dog

Validated in avalanche recovery - the heart of the program - dog duties include finding the victim and keeping everyone smiling.

Validated Avalanche Dog Handler

Handler duties include management and handling of avalanche dog in flight and on scene.