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.


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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Many Mount Rainier National Park visitors will need reservations in summer 2024, News Release: go.nps.gov/TimedEntryNews-11724

Mount Rainier National Park visitors will need a reservation to enter the park through the Nisqually, Stevens Canyon and Sunrise/White River entrance stations during peak hours during Summer 2024.

“In recent years, it’s been too common for visitors to sit in idling cars for a couple of hours at the entrance stations and then make laps through the parking lots hoping for an empty parking space,” said Superintendent Greg Dudgeon. “We are testing a system that will spread visitation out throughout the day and season to reduce crowding.”

Park visitors will need a reservation between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.:
- Enter the Paradise Corridor from either the Nisqually Entrance via State Route 706 or Stevens Canyon Entrance via State Route 123 May 24 through Sept. 2.
- Enter the Sunrise Corridor at the White River Entrance via State Route 410 July 3 through Sept. 2.

Reservations can be made using Recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. Dates through July will be available on Recreation.gov beginning Feb. 21, 2024, for the Paradise Corridor and April 1, 2024, for the Sunrise Corridor. Reservations for dates in August through Labor Day will open on May 1. In addition to the reservations available up to three months ahead, a block of reservations will be released each day through the summer at 7 p.m. for use the following day.

Each reservation is for one personal vehicle and will cost $2. The reservation will provide a two-hour entry window. For instance, visitors with a 9 a.m. reservation could enter the park between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. There is no required departure time.
Read the entire news release at link above.

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This is an understandable consequence of population pressures in our area. Similar systems have been put in place in other national parks. Also: Someone did a good job on the graphic.

This is frikkin nuts.

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Happy holidays from our SAR family to yours!

While you’re out enjoying time with your family this holiday season, know that Bellingham Mountain Rescues highly-trained volunteers are ready to respond 24/7 for anything that may arise.

To reach us, simply dial 911.

“Bellingham Mountain Rescue is committed to bringing technical search and rescue resources to the Whatcom County outdoors. We are run by un-paid professionals and on call 24/7/365 in case of emergency. Our mission is supported by donors just like you!”

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