Tacoma Mountain Rescue

Caduceus, PCSAR, TMRU

Tacoma Mountain Rescue is a high angle and technical terrain Search & Rescue (SAR) Unit.

TMR are expert volunteer SAR mountaineers, on call 24/7/365 for Police, Sheriff’s Departments and National Parks throughout Washington State.

As a charity we are funded by your donations for gear, gas and training. We can’t do this work without your help.

TMR is also a founding member of the North American Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) and a pioneer in advanced life support (ALS) in the wilderness.

 

Mountain Rescue are the first call & last resort for help in the highest, most remote and most dangerous wilderness terrain. Our skilled team of volunteer mountaineers are regularly called on by the State Emergency Management Department to leave work & family to save lives 24/7/365.

TMR was founded in 1958 and is a founding member of the national Mountain Rescue Association which now represents over 95 teams across the United States and Canada.

TMR is an Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider that can give full scope medical care to patients in the backcountry. We have several emergency physicians and paramedics on the team. One of our ongoing projects is to build a network of wilderness trained physicians along the west coast of WA that can also provide mutual aid and improve our advanced medical coverage for all our missions. For more information and to sponsor this groundbreaking ALS program visit www.mountainmedicine.us.

TMR is a a 501(c)(3) registered charity and volunteer organization. We can only continue to do this work and save lives through your support for equipment, training & supplies.

Tacoma Mountain Rescue is a Charity.

TMR is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) charity with 0% admin costs.  Please donate online today or contact us about partnering and business sponsorship opportunities.  On behalf of the next lives saved – thank you!

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians

An amazing group responsible for much of our life-saving equipment, search vehicles, gear, and operational funding.

The Ben Cheney Foundation

A long time supporter of Tacoma Mountain Rescue, the foundation has provided funds for both of our Rescue trucks.

Puget Sound Energy

These guys do more than deliver gas and electricity, their assistance in getting a second truck allows us to deliver people to where we are needed.

Boeing

Thanks to Boeing for their kind donations and support of Tacoma Mountain Rescue.

Outdoor Research

Thanks to Seattle based Outdoor Research for the great gear and great discounts you give TMR unit members.

Wet Coast

Thanks to Wet Coast Brewing Company who support TMR through events held at their wonderful Gig Harbor tasting rooms.

You ...

As a charity, every year we struggle for funds for all the gear and stuff that keeps us ready to get to you on the mountain when you need us.

Tacoma Mountain Rescue News

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We want to give a shout out to our friends at Minus 33.  They donated a bunch of cold weather gear to us and some other Washington State SAR teams.  This gear is for hypothermic or soon to be hypothermic patients. Its a fantastic way to give back to the community and I hope you all consider checking out their website for some goodies this winter. www.minus33.com

We want to give a shout out to our friends at Minus 33. They donated a bunch of cold weather gear to us and some other Washington State SAR teams. This gear is for hypothermic or soon to be hypothermic patients. Its a fantastic way to give back to the community and I hope you all consider checking out their website for some goodies this winter. www.minus33.com ... See MoreSee Less

News Release: Mount Rainier National Park announces winter 2022-23 recreational access changes. Paradise road access shifts to Saturdays and Sundays.

Mount Rainier National Park announced updates today to winter 2022-23 recreational access, including changes to the Paradise access schedule. Beginning today, November 29, the park will maintain public vehicle access to Paradise on Saturdays and Sundays, but due to staffing limitations the road will be closed to public access during the week. The Longmire area will continue to be open seven days a week barring any major storm events. Park staff will continue to revisit the Paradise access schedule should staffing levels change during the winter season.

Full news release go.nps.gov/1gu9vf

NPS Arrowhead ~pw
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I'm bummed I moved outta the area before I got to ski Ellinor. Although it's pretty intimidating from what I remember glissading last time. I would love to ski all the way back down to big creek if I could.

TMRU is grateful for the incredible donation of a brand new metal roof from our friends at CHG Building Systems in Renton (www.chgbuildingsystems.com).  Pictured here is Steve Grouws, VP of Operations receiving a plaque of appreciation from Mark Cooksley, TMRU member and former President.  TMRU is tremendously grateful to Steve and his entire crew for replacing the old, failing composition shingle roof on our rescue cache with a brand new metal roof!  Because of the generosity of CHG Building Systems and their staff, TMRU is now able to remain focused on the important work of mountain search and rescue operations rather than worrying about the risk of further damage to their building and all the rescue equipment it holds.  A big “Thank You!!” to CHG from all the members at Tacoma Mountain Rescue!

TMRU is grateful for the incredible donation of a brand new metal roof from our friends at CHG Building Systems in Renton (www.chgbuildingsystems.com). Pictured here is Steve Grouws, VP of Operations receiving a plaque of appreciation from Mark Cooksley, TMRU member and former President. TMRU is tremendously grateful to Steve and his entire crew for replacing the old, failing composition shingle roof on our rescue cache with a brand new metal roof! Because of the generosity of CHG Building Systems and their staff, TMRU is now able to remain focused on the important work of mountain search and rescue operations rather than worrying about the risk of further damage to their building and all the rescue equipment it holds. A big “Thank You!!” to CHG from all the members at Tacoma Mountain Rescue! ... See MoreSee Less

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Way to go Mark!

On November 8, 2020 Michael Knapinski was rescued from Mount Rainier National Park by NAS Whidbey Island Search and Rescue when he ended up lost in temperatures well below freezing during a day of hiking.

SAR got him to Harborview Medical Center where his heart actually stopped for 45 minutes before they brought him back to life.

Today, during our Open House, Michael stopped by to present a plaque to SAR as thanks for that rescue.

AWS1 Justin Boyle from SAR, who was on that mission, along with the NAS Whidbey Island commanding officer Capt. Eric Hanks, accepted the plaque at the SAR bird this afternoon.

We're glad that Michael was able to be there to present it himself!

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I was on the search management team at the Longmire EOC that day, and will always remember how happy we were when we heard on the radio that (1) Michael had been located; (2) that Michael had been reached by ground teams; and (3) Michael had been hoisted to safety by the NAS Whidbey helo.

Thank you T.M.R.U. I get to spend time doing cool stuff because of your work and dedication to others 🙏

I remember this remarkable story well. It’s a legit miracle that Michael was able to give SAR the plaque. Thank you for all you do.

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