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Re-Accreditation Dates For 2013

The Hood River Crag Rats will be tested in technical snow and ice rescue on Saturday, April 6th, 2013. Check the Schedule page for more details.

Portland Mountain Rescue will be tested in technical rock rescue and wilderness search on Saturday, May 18th, 2013. Check the Schedule page for more details.

OMRC Joint Training Date Set For 2013

The OMRC joint training for 2013 will be held on either September 21st and 22nd or 28th and 29th. The uncertainty is due to a visit to Oregon by a mountain rescue team from Scotland. Check the Schedule page for more details.

OMRC Winter 2013 Report

For a brief look at what the OMRC teams have been doing in the last six months, read the Winter 2013 Report. Past reports can be found at the bottom of the News and Pictures page.


The Oregon Mountain Rescue Council has been organized in order to establish closer coordination between Oregon mountain rescue groups, to provide centralized representation on mountain rescue matters within Oregon, and to promote mountain safety.

On December 14th, 1986, the first meeting of what would later be known as the Oregon Mountain Rescue Council (OMRC) took place. OMRC evolved out of the need for closer coordination between mountain rescue teams in Oregon. OMRC provides a centralized body for regional mountain rescue issues and enhances mountain safety education done at the local level.

The mountain rescue groups of OMRC provide a system to the county Sheriffs of Oregon that ensures well-trained and equipped personnel are available for mountain search and rescue. In 1990, Oregon State Sheriffs Association entrusted to OMRC the role of establishing and maintaining accreditation of mountain rescue teams.

The OMRC is the official representative to the Mountain Rescue Association for all mountain rescue teams in the Oregon Region. MRA regions are formed to benefit member teams. Typical purposes are to establish mutual aid procedures, to develop techniques and equipment suited to region needs, to maintain MRA standards within the region, and to deal with state agencies.