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

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Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment combines the skill, expertise, and stamina of SAR and avalanche deployment teams, to expedite the rescue of an avalanche victim.

We are a validating organization that provides training opportunities and a deployment resource for counties through out the state of Colorado to utilize during all stages of avalanche search and rescue.



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6 months ago

Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment - C-RAD

Great work by the C-RAD teams yesterday. An unfortunate outcome, but a great service and hard work by all involved.At 11:10 a.m. on April 10, 2018 the Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG) and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office were notified of an avalanche northwest of Glacier Peak (in the vicinity of Georgia Pass) with one confirmed burial. The Rapid Avalanche Deployment Team was immediately activated and Flight for Life (FFL) flew in two dog teams (each consisting of a trained avalanche dog, a dog handler, and a snow technician), landing on the debris field. The dog teams were deployed from both Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and the Breckenridge Ski Area. An additional dog team was prepared for deployment from Command. The two individuals involved in the avalanche were snowmobiling.
At 12:37 p.m. one dog alerted on the subject. Rescuers extracted the individual 8 minutes after the dog alert, and he was later pronounced deceased at the scene.
The slide was approximately 2,000 feet in length and around 800 feet wide; the victim was located approximately 900 feet up from the bottom of the slide at about a 4 foot depth. In addition, a large sympathetic slide was triggered in close proximity. There was considerable ‘hang fire’, i.e., unstable snow above the top of the avalanche that had not released, making for dangerous conditions for the rescuers.
SCRG responded with 30 rescuers who were making their way towards the avalanche via snowmobiles and skis in the event FFL was unable to continue with the operation.
The names of those involved will not be released pending notification of the next of kin.
After the latest series of storms, snow conditions in Summit County remain tricky. SCRG recommends that backcountry users continue to monitor the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s web site for the latest updates and always take the appropriate backcountry rescue gear.

CAIC report here (currently it's a preliminary report):
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Great work by the C-RAD teams yesterday. An unfortunate outcome, but a great service and hard work by all involved.Image attachment


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Outstanding response and work. Always tough when the likely outcome is this.

Thank you all for your hard work.

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