Who we are 

Rampart Search and Rescue (RSAR) 55 member strong is the search and rescue resource for Adams, Lincoln and Morgan counties, in Colorado.  

We operate under the authority of the County Sheriff, the legally responsible agency for search and rescue in Colorado. We provide search and rescue resources locally, out of county and out of state when requested. 

Our services are provide free of charge, therefore we rely heavily on your 501 (c)(3) tax-deductible donations. Our team relies on the generous contributions of the community (like you) to fulfill our mission of saving lives. Please help us by a donation today. Any amount will help a  lot. (See the PayPal link.) 

Thank You for visiting us today. Please explore our web site and see what we do and how you can stay out of trouble... Did you know we provide free safety talks? 


Our vision

Rampart search and rescue is an organization of highly skilled search and rescue professionals capable of providing an effective response to whatever role we are tasked to do by the appropriate agency of jurisdiction.

We also strive to prevent search-related emergencies through education and community outreach.

You can request a safety talk to your group or organization free of charge by contacting us.

There is never a charge for us to find or rescue people in need!


What we do

  • Rescue and Medical Assistance
  • Disaster operations such as:
    • Floods
    • Blizzards
    • Searching for stranded motorist when roads are closed (i.e. I-70, I-76)
    • Tornados
  • 4x4 Team
    • 4x4 Team deals with transportation and other requests
  • Search for:
    • Missing, lost or overdue persons
    • Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)
    • Walk-a-ways such as:
      • Alzheimer's, etc
      • Colorado Life Track, formerly known as Project Lifesaver
    • Downed Aircraft such as:
      •  Balloons, gliders, experimental aircraft and commercial aircraft
    • Activated emergency locator transmitters or ELTs
    • Activated personal locator beacons or PLBs
    • Traffic Assistance
    • County OEM has our team out when Tornado warnings are issued for the county.


Additional Team Information 

  • Rampart Search and Rescue is a Urban search and rescue unit dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue and safety education. The team is composed totally of volunteers and is available upon request for help with search and rescue anywhere in Colorado under the authority of the local county sheriff or in other states and countries under local authority. The team is able to search for downed aircraft and lost people by tracing the location of the aircrafts emergency location transmitter as well personal locator beacons. The members, numbering over 50+ strong, serve in a variety of roles while working towards a single goal – saving lives.

    The members of the team are unpaid volunteers selected from the community. We typically accept applications during the third quarter of the year (after the membership drive during the county fair)  for consideration for that year’s New Member class. However RSAR does accept applications year round for both Adult and Explorer, FYI - new member classes start in the fall.

  • The Adams County 4x4 team was part of the county's OEM has now been placed as part of RSAR.


About Rampart Search and Rescue

  • Founded in 1999, the mission of Rampart Search and Rescue (RSAR) is to provide search and rescue assistance, free of charge, to local, county, state and federal agencies.  We specialize in searching for missing persons, rescuing stranded motorists (along I-70, I-76, I-25, etc.), assistance during natural and man-made disasters/emergencies, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) services and monitoring hazardous weather events (i.e. tornadoes, blizzards, etc.).  We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Rampart Search and Rescue operates under the supervision of the Adams and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, by statutory authority.

  • RSAR consists entirely of volunteers – we have no paid staff and members are not reimbursed for personal expenses.  Members pay for their own equipment, supplies (including fuel) and expenses during operations.  We do not receive any funding from state, county or local governments.  We rely on donations and grants to remain operational.  Rampart Search and Rescue is a 501(c)(3) charity under the IRS tax code. 

  • We also specialize in providing canine search dogs for missing persons and cadaver requests.  Our dogs are available to any law enforcement agency, regardless of location.  K9 handlers own their own dogs and spend countless hours training and refining their skills.

  • RSAR also operates our Cadet program for those between 10 and 20 years of age and work alongside our adult members.  Several of our Cadets have gone on to careers in law enforcement, firefighters and EMT’s.  Our program is a great way to gain experience and exposure to public safety agencies and careers. 

  • Rampart Search and Rescue is a member of the Colorado Search and Rescue Board and is listed as a Statewide Asset through the Colorado Office of Emergency Management along with the Adams, Lincon and Morgan Countiets Office of Emergency Management.