Tacoma Mountain Rescue

Caduceus, PCSAR, TMRU

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

As State Emergency Workers, TMR work anywhere in Washington State and beyond.

TMR is a founding member of the North American Mountain Rescue Association 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.


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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Last night at 8pm, four VRT members were dispatched to assist two hikers down the winter route on Mt. St. Helens. The hikers were descending after a late afternoon summit, and had gotten off the route and into deep snow without headlamps or snowshoes. VRT members located the hikers about ¼ of a mile west of the route and provided them with dry clothing and hydration. They broke a trail back to the climbing route and had the subjects back down to the parking lot by approximately midnight. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for saving these I'll prepared individuals. We don't know what we don't know until we learn more. SAR helped these people to survive and learn more. Thank you SAR

You don't want people to not call for help. So you avoid shaming or penalizing when they do. Rescues are a lot more fun than body recoveries.

Wow. People being completely unprepared is pretty much inexcusable nowadays. 😡😡😡

Well done VRT!

For real? 🤦‍♀️ I wish a law would be passed to protect "victims" from being anonymous in hopes that it may change a few people's mind about the Instagram effect

A late afternoon summit with no headlamp???? Ughghghghgh, Good God, that explains 110% of why you were dispatched. Thank you very kindly for all that you do!!!!! 🙂


No snowshoes, no headlamps? For real? You just can't fix...

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Timeline PhotosYesterday afternoon SMR responded to two lost hikers who inadvertently traveled off trail and into steep snowy terrain on Mount Teneriffe.

They made a great decision to call for assistance before getting into the lower cliff band. And they also had extra clothing to stay warm. Solid work!!

Rescuers were equipped with ropes and harnesses, but were quickly able to locate and assist the hikers across the steep slopes and back onto the trail.

Good reminder that while the weather is changing, there is still a lot of snow up high. Traction, headlights, extra clothing and navigation tools are important tools to stay safe out there!
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