Tacoma Mountain Rescue

Founding Member of the Mountain Rescue Association and a Pioneer in Advanced Life Support in the Washington State Wilderness.

Tacoma Mountain Rescue is a high angle and technical terrain search & rescue (SAR) unit in Washington State.  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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12.30pm Saturday, Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park, WA; reports of a woman & dog over a ledge near Ricksecker Point, a popular lookout just off the Paradise Road, located almost 1,000ft above the Nisqually River.  

Three members of TMR were in the park with friends & family and joined the hasty team dispatched to the last known point.  

Working alongside Mount Rainier National Park Rangers, EMS, Law Enforcement & members of Mt Rainier Nordic Ski Patrol - TMR rescue riggers and an NPS Rigging Ranger built a technical rope access system to lower a TMR attendant down to search for the subject.  

Terrain was mixture of steep snow, and vertical rock.  The subject was finally located around 600ft down - but was sadly deceased.  

Miraculously - the dog had survived, found at the bottom of a 150ft section of vertical icefall, in shock and in hiding in a small gap between the rockface and the snow.  With some encouragement she allowed herself to be picked up, held and lowered down the final steep section where she was handed over to a member of Nordic Patrol who had managed to access from the river.

In all over 1,200ft of rope was used to complete the lower & search that day. Our thanks and congratulations to the NPS team for making that happen quickly & safely.  And our thanks to the members of Seattle Mountain Rescue who descended from 9,800ft on Rainier to join and assist that afternoon.

A ground team returned to the area Sunday and the subject was recovered using a helicopter to complete the extrication.

In all twenty-two National Park Service employees participated in the incident, assisted by thirteen Mountain Rescue Association personnel from Tacoma, Seattle, and Olympic Mountain Rescue; eight Nordic Patrol volunteers; and one person from Pierce County Fire District 23. A Bell 206 helicopter from Northwest Helicopters Inc. in Olympia was used for Sunday’s recovery. 

All Mountain Rescue Association teams are charities.  We can’t do what we do without your on-going support for training, gear & gas.  If you love the outdoors, please consider supporting your MRA team with some time, a like, a share and a little donation.  https://www.tacomamountainrescue.org/donate/ .

https://www.nps.gov/mora/learn/news/visitor-fatality-and-recovery-at-ricksecker-point.htm

https://komonews.com/news/local/body-recovered-from-mount-rainier-national-park

12.30pm Saturday, Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park, WA; reports of a woman & dog over a ledge near Ricksecker Point, a popular lookout just off the Paradise Road, located almost 1,000ft above the Nisqually River.

Three members of TMR were in the park with friends & family and joined the hasty team dispatched to the last known point.

Working alongside Mount Rainier National Park Rangers, EMS, Law Enforcement & members of Mt Rainier Nordic Ski Patrol - TMR rescue riggers and an NPS Rigging Ranger built a technical rope access system to lower a TMR attendant down to search for the subject.

Terrain was mixture of steep snow, and vertical rock. The subject was finally located around 600ft down - but was sadly deceased.

Miraculously - the dog had survived, found at the bottom of a 150ft section of vertical icefall, in shock and in hiding in a small gap between the rockface and the snow. With some 'encouragement' she allowed herself to be picked up, held and lowered down the final steep section where she was handed over to a member of Nordic Patrol who had managed to access from the river.

In all over 1,200ft of rope was used to complete the lower & search that day. Our thanks and congratulations to the NPS team for making that happen quickly & safely. And our thanks to the members of Seattle Mountain Rescue who descended from 9,800ft on Rainier to join and assist that afternoon.

A ground team returned to the area Sunday and the subject was recovered using a helicopter to complete the extrication.

In all twenty-two National Park Service employees participated in the incident, assisted by thirteen Mountain Rescue Association personnel from Tacoma, Seattle, and Olympic Mountain Rescue; eight Nordic Patrol volunteers; and one person from Pierce County Fire District 23. A Bell 206 helicopter from Northwest Helicopters Inc. in Olympia was used for Sunday’s recovery.

All Mountain Rescue Association teams are charities. We can’t do what we do without your on-going support for training, gear & gas. If you love the outdoors, please consider supporting your MRA team with some time, a like, a share and a little donation. www.tacomamountainrescue.org/donate/ .

www.nps.gov/mora/learn/news/visitor-fatality-and-recovery-at-ricksecker-point.htm

komonews.com/news/local/body-recovered-from-mount-rainier-national-park
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Thank you all for being there whenever the s#$t hits the fan. I hope and plan to never need you but it's a comfort to know you are there

Thank you all for the efforts and sacrifices made. Your expertise is appreciated!

I hope you let her dog say goodbye 😭😭😭

Great job folks.

Strong work TMR.

Thank you, Tacoma and Seattle, for being there!

Thanks for your service.

Thank you for all you do!

Thx’s guy’s for all you all do

Great work — thank you!

Great work TMR!

Darlene Cash

Oh that poor pup! Thank you

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A serious amount of snow continues to accumulate. This is a hiking trail in the trees on Granite Mountain, CG99+FH Snoqualmie Pass, Washington on Monday Jan 4.

Hiking back down the mountain and had to stop for a avalanche #avalanche #washingtoncheck #beatdeath #neardeathexperience #pnw #hiking #fyp
cody-22 (@codyf34) has created a short video on TikTok with music Oh No. | Hiking back down the mountain and had to stop for a avalanche #avalanche #washingtoncheck #beatdeath #neardeathexperience #pnw #hiking #fyp
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I'll be staying off the hills and out of the snow for a bit so you guys won't need to come save me.

Cody! You famous!

Andrew Sas

Peace out, 2020. It’s been real.

2021? We’re ready for you! 👊🏽💪🏼

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