The Adams County 4x4 Response Team was created in 2007 by the Adams County Office of Emergency Management because of the two blizzards in December 2006 a week before and a just after Christmas. The first was the worst, every major road in town was closed by 7:00PM, that included; I-25, US36, I-76 and I-70. The Adams County 4x4 Response Team was to be utilized during severe weather conditions (such as snow) or other emergencies where four-wheel drive vehicles are necessary to transport critical supplies, hospital and government employees or citizens with nonemergency medical conditions.
The Adams County Office of Emergency Management had a Deputy Sheriff as its Director, in 2010 the county commissioners change the OEM to a civilian Director. In that the 4x4 team falls more in line with search and rescue, Sheriff Doug Darr wanted the team placed within Rampart Search and Rescue the county's primary search and rescue team. This is a better fit in that Rampart would be the agency to call the group out, plus they were using RSAR's radio channels.
In May 2011 the Adams County 4x4 Response Team was transferred and is now a division of Rampart Search and Rescue.
What we do
The mission for RSAR's 4x4 Response Team has not changed they are still utilized during severe weather conditions and emergencies where four-wheel drive vehicles are necessary to transport critical supplies to shelters and other locations, hospital and government employees or citizens with nonemergency medical conditions, and even 911 dispatchers.
The 4x4 Division
Some of the training our Response Team receive: Map reading, 2-way radio communications, First Aid, CPR, tornado spotting, down power wires, basic USAR, K9 handler, building search procedures, traffic control, helicopter safety, loading a helicopter ambulance, landing zone safety/prep, grid search, skid car, rail road derailment, rail road grade crossing safety, dealing with other agencies, swift water rescue, down aircraft search, direction finding (DF), flood rescue and monitoring, basic emergency medical services, field evacuations and much more.
Photos of our units in action
How can I join?
- Click on Membership page from the drop down link and down load the application in PDF format.
- Fill out an application and mail it to us.
- Come one of our business meetings. They are held at the Adams County Sheriff's Office Sub Station 4201 East 72nd Ave (corner of Colorado Blvd and 72nd in Commerce City) on the second floor on the third Wed of the month at 7:00 P.M.