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Media Inquiries

Media Inquiries: TV, Film, Radio & Newspaper people please note.

Regarding Media Inquiries
To: All Media Inquirers

Regarding: Mountain Rescue Aspen’s Media Policy

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) has two primary missions:

  1. To safely Locate, Access, Stabilize and Transport backcountry patients (anyone in distress) to definitive care.
  2. To educate the public on safe backcountry use.

Due to the notoriety of Aspen, we are constantly receiving inquiries from TV producers, filmmakers, and news outlets for access to our team and information about our search and rescue missions.

As caregivers, the specifics of our missions are no more public information than are the patient interactions and treatment in an ambulance response. Regarding specific missions, press access is limited to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office, which is in charge of each MRA response, and provides a Public Information Contact for each incident. They can be reached at 970-920-5300 or on the web at www.pitkinsheriff.com.

The only media requests we honor are for opportunities to educate the public on safe backcountry use, which we will do as time permits, and is generally focused on local media outlets.

We are unpaid professionals who volunteer our time to provide mountain search and rescue services on behalf of the Pitkin County, Colorado Sheriff’s department. When we are not training, maintaining mission readiness, meeting or working with our regional rescue colleagues, providing for public education on safe back country use, or actually on mission; we spend our time on our paying jobs, with our families, recreating – generally pursuing our own lives.

We have neither the time nor the interest in seeking screen, air or press time for ourselves and, as a matter of policy, decline all invitations to participate in any and all documentary or other efforts to “tell our story”.

For general information and statistics regarding search and rescue activities, in Colorado generally, or in the Mountains, we recommend contacting one or more of the following organizations:

National Mountain Rescue Association
Colorado Search & Rescue Board (CSRB)
National Association of Search & Rescue (NASAR)

Thank you for your understanding.