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.ย ย Please donate online today or contact us about partnering and business sponsorship opportunities.ย  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.


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.

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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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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 ๐Ÿ™

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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Today we celebrate the lives of Mount Rainier National Park Rangers Phil Otis and Sean Ryan who lost their lives on the mountain during a rescue of an injured climber on the Winthrop Glacier, on August 12, 1995. We honor their service and sacrifice. We invite you to visit the Valor Memorial at Longmire where we remember and honor Sean and Phil along with two additional rangers who lost their lives while saving the lives of others. www.nps.gov/mora/learn/news/valor-memorial.htm

๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—ป
๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฎ โ€“ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿต๐Ÿฑ
At 23 years of age Sean had just graduated college when his life was cut short. Originally from New York, he attended the University of California Santa Cruz where he took a wilderness course in his freshman year that inspired him to pursue a job in Mount Rainierโ€™s backcountry. He spent his summers hiking with friends and family.

Sean first arrived at Mount Rainier in 1994 when he volunteered in the parkโ€™s backcountry through the Student Conservation Association. That summer he mainly patrolled Glacier Basin on the northeast side of the mountain and made trips up to Camp Schurman on his days off where he began to learn upper mountain search and rescue skills and summited the mountain several times. The following summer he worked as a climbing ranger out of Camp Schurman. Those who worked with him remember him with affection and will not forget his youth and promise.

๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐—ข๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€
๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฏ โ€“ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿต๐Ÿฑ
A passion for the outdoors dominated Philโ€™s life. As a teenager he took courses at the rigorous National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming, where he learned mountaineering, natural history, and wilderness survival skills. After graduating from Blake School in Minneapolis in 1991, Phil chose to study environmental science at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

In the summer before his final term at Bates, Phil won a coveted position as a volunteer ranger through the Student Conservation Association at Mount Rainier. Here he patrolled the backcountry on the mountainโ€™s northeastern slopes around White River and Sunrise.
Phil is remembered as an upbeat, positive person, who was fun, light-hearted, and generous in spirit. He continues to be greatly missed by all who knew him.
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Rest In Peace โ˜ฎ๏ธ

April 3, 2022: A major winter storm will impact the mountain starting Sunday night. This will be a very big change front the more modest systems and spring-like weather weโ€™ve experienced over the past several weeks. Very dangerous avalanche conditions are expects at mid and upper elevations across the Cascades. Make sure to check the forecast in your zone for details.
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