Ropes Team

What the team does:
In situations when a missing subject or fellow searcher is found trapped in a steep area, the Ropes Team is responsible for extricating them and bringing them to safety. Ropes Team members are trained to use ropes, harnesses and an evacuation litter to quickly yet carefully complete these maneuvers, often in canyons, hillsides or along waterways. During a search, Ropes Team members deploy as searchers and are prepared to be redirected to provide ropes or rough terrain assistance when necessary. The Ropes Team works mainly in steep, slippery and treacherous environments. Because of this, safety—for themselves, their teammates and the people they assist—remains the top priority.

Ropes Team

What it takes to be on the team:
Ropes Team members must be capable of carrying 300 ft. of rope and other equipment over an extended period of time. They must pass a skills and written test to become certified to search with the Ropes/Rough Terrain Team and attend trainings throughout the month to keep their skills current. Team members should keep an open mind and be willing to learn the complex knot tying, harnessing and repelling techniques involved in ropes rescues.