Search and Rescue Division

With the Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness at our back door and public lands in every direction, Red Lodge draws adventurers from across the globe. Despite the best laid plans, even the most experienced outdoors-person can get into trouble in the back country. That is why the SAR Division is ready at a moment’s notice. 

Because the Red Lodge area draws day-hikers, backpackers, climbers, skiers, hunters and many other out-door enthusiasts. Our search and rescue team has to have a broad skill-set and be ready for any type of weather. Team members are trained in back country navigation, wilderness first aid, technical high & low-angle rope rescues, helicopter evacuations and many other skills needed to assist in rescue operations.

Our team members love the outdoors and have a familiarity with the wilderness trail system. They receive  specialized  orienteering training and work with maps, compass and GPS technology.  

Training is an ongoing process, and our team meets at least twice a month to prepare for any emergency.


The SAR Association

Members of the SAR Division are eligible for membership in the Carbon County Search and Rescue Volunteers Association, Inc. The SAR Association is a non-profit, tax exempt (501(c)(3)) corporation. The Members, directors and officers of the SAR Association consist solely of current and retired volunteer and paid staff members of the SAR Division.


The purposes of the SAR Association include:


(a) providing administrative, logistical, training, equipment and other support to the SAR Division and its members


(b) engaging in fund-raising activities. The SAR Association also provides a forum for developing and enhancing fellowship among the members of the SAR Division.

Interested in Donating to the SAR Association?

You may make a donation to the SAR Association either online by accessing the Donate button on the Foundation page or by mailing a check payable to Red Lodge Fire-EMS Foundation to the Red Lodge Fire-EMS Foundation, P.O. Box 318, Red Lodge, MT 59068. Please indicate on your check (or enter a note where prompted if making an online donation) that your donation is intended to benefit the SAR Association, Inc. Thank you!



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Carbon County Dispatch: 406.446.1234

Red Lodge Fire Rescue: 406.446.2320

Red Lodge Police Station: 406.446.3672


801 Broadway AVE N.
P.O.Box 318
Red Lodge, MT 59068

Office Hours M-F from 8-5

  • Medical standbys at sporting and special events, such as our summer rodeos

  • Community training and education

  • Wildland fuels reduction program

  • Large incident management support

  •  Life and property threatening emergencies 

  • Medical emergencies, including critical care level calls

  • Motor vehicle accidents

  • Structure fires

  • Wildland fires

  • Search and rescue emergencies, wilderness, and highly technical rescues