In Colorado, all backcountry rescue efforts are ultimately the responsibility of the county’s sheriff’s office or delegated authority; therefore, any resource desiring to field on a mission should have a working relationship with their these agencies to properly deploy in their county or be available to respond on mutual aid to another county.
If you are with a sheriff’s office or a search and rescue team, the first step would be to identify any validated teams within your county at the local rescue/patrol programs level. We can help by providing contact information for our members who have validated through C-RAD and are working in your area.
If no validated teams are available within your county and its affiliated organizations, then a request for mutual aid from a neighboring county could be made through their sheriff’s office or search and rescue team. This process ensures accountability for all rescuers and clear communication between fielding authorities.
C-RAD is happy to support any fielding organization in identifying and vetting teams within their area that are validated through C-RAD.