To be eligible for membership in Everett Mountain Rescue, you need to be a competent mountaineer, be able to make a significant time commitment, and you must be 18 years of age or older (under 18 please see our Explorer SAR unit). We are looking for at least 3 years of mountaineering / climbing experience (beyond classes or guided trips.) The skills we want you to have are equivalent to those taught in a basic climbing course, which teaches you to safely travel on glaciated and low fifth class alpine terrain. Such courses are readily available from reputable organizations such as the Washington Alpine Club, BOEALPS, and The Mountaineers.

The time commitment is not trivial. As a prospective member, you need to attend three of our monthly meetings. This will give you a chance to meet members and give us a chance to talk to you. To maintain active status, we expect members to respond 4 missions (or 4 duty days) and do 4 hours of training and 4 hours of rigging each year. Missions often come at the most inopportune times — a rainy Sunday evening is pretty typical.

In order to be eligible to join EMR prospective candidates have to be able to pass a background check by the Snohomish County Sherriff’s Office.

The EMRU board reviews applications twice a year in January and July.  If you are interested in joining EMR please come to one of our meetings to learn more or email us at  Our Membership Chair will provide additional information, including the application form.   Applicants must also include two references when they submit their application.


If you have any questions about becoming a member, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us!