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 Competitive candidates will possess a combination of general backcountry knowledge and technical skills.   While we incorporate basic skills such as navigating with a map and compass, wilderness survival, and tying climbing knots into our practices, we do not actively teach these skills.   We assume that you possess these basic skills prior to applying for membership.  Our training program is focused on technical skills related to rope rescue systems, backcountry medicine, and search and rescue operations.

 We conduct training and missions in steep, rugged, snowy, and remote terrain regardless of the weather.  You need to possess skills to take care of yourself in these environments as team member safety is our top priority.

Qualified candidates must have ALL of the following skills:

  • General backcountry knowledge: Able to navigate using map and compass, own proper clothing and equipment for travel, training, and survival in inclement weather in all seasons.
  • Good fitness levels: Capable of carrying heavy loads in backcountry situations, and adequate fitness level to participate in strenuous activity, sometimes for long periods of time.  Team members are expected to perform at the "arduous" level consistent with the U.S. Forest Service Wildland Firefighter Pack Test.  This is a timed test of a 3-mile hike on level terrain under 45 minutes.  Packs must be carried during the test and will weigh 45 pounds or one-third of your body weight, whichever is less.
  • First Aid and CPR: You must have a current First Aid and CPR certification OR commit to attaining it within three months of your acceptance date.  There are opportunities for classes if you are accepted as a candidate.
  • Climbing Knots:Capable of tying basic climbing knots- the Water Knot, Double Fisherman’s, Prusik Knot, Figure 8 Follow Through, Alpine Butterfly, Münter Hitch, and Clove Hitch.

Qualified candidates are also required to have basic skills in at least one technical area below:

  • Rock climbing: Capable of climbing at least low 5th class rock.
  • Snow/glacier: Able to self-arrest, use crampons and ice axe properly, and be familiar with roped glacier travel.
  • Ice climbing: Capable of climbing WI2 or AI2. Familiar with use of ice protection methods, ice tools and crampons.
  • Rope rescue technician training: Certified Technical Rope Rescue Operations Level 1 (NFPA 1670)

Other information about joining the team:

  • EMR is part of the Lane County Sheriff's office. In order to join EMR, you must also complete a Lane County Sheriff's volunteer application. Links to two versions of the application can be found here:
  • All new team members are required to attend Search and Rescue (SAR) 101, a class offered through the Lane County Sheriff's Office.  It covers basic search and rescue techniques, using radios, wilderness survival, backcountry navigation, and other essential skills.  SAR 101 is required to become a certified Search and Rescue volunteer in the state of Oregon.  The training is 50 hours, usually offered February through March.  There are two classroom sessions a week, a few weekend days, and a final overnight exercise.  The class costs $20 and includes First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Once you have completed SAR 101, all team members must complete 30 hours of training a year to be eligible for Search and Rescue missions.  This ensures that all team members can safely and effectively assist during a mission.


How to Apply:

If you meet the requirements above, complete our application found at the link below.  If you do not meet the requirements, simply attain the skills you need, and then apply.  If you don't know how or where to attain these skills, you may contact us for some suggestions.

Download the Eugene Mountain Rescue application here:

EMR Application

Submission instructions are found on the last page of the application. Once received, the Board of Directors will review your application and decide if you are accepted as a training candidate.  The most efficient method is to scan your completed application and send it to info@eugenemountainrescue.org.  You may also bring your completed application to one of our meetings or you can mail it to us.

If you decide to bring your application to a meeting or choose to mail it, please contact us ahead of time so we know to expect you.   Include a phone number so we may contact you if necessary.

We appreciate your interest in joining our team!