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). 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 to three missions, three trainings and/or three meetings per year. Missions often come at the most inopportune times — a rainy Sunday evening is pretty typical.
New member orientation (Search and Rescue Academy) is held in June and November each year and is required for all new members. The academy is a one weekend commitment (Saturday/Sunday) that will introduce you to Snohomish County’s Search and Rescue techniques and protocols. Further EMRU training is highly recommended and encouraged. For instance, an in-house, Rigging for Rescue course is offered each spring and all new members are strongly encouraged to complete it their first year.
In addition to the above requirements, prospective candidates have to be able to pass a background check by the Snohomish County Sherriff’s Office.
The EMRU board interviews applicants twice a year at the April and October monthly meetings. In order to be eligible for an interview the applicant must have completed the above requirements and have submitted their application one month prior to the interview (e.g. the March or September monthly meeting, respectively). Applicants must also include two references when they submit their application.