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SMRG's ultimate mission is to serve the community. Our main activities center around providing assistance to those who become lost or injured in the outdoors. However, the group also provides first aid and other services in a number of outdoor events, often working in conjunction with local law enforcement and emergency medical services. In addition, SMRG actively educates the public on safe conduct in the outdoors and prevention of wilderness emergencies. If you're looking for a way to "give back" to the community while using your outdoor expertise, this is it.
The Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group (SMRG) is a professional volunteer wilderness search and rescue organization established to provide assistance to those who become lost or injured in the outdoors. Along with other member organizations of the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference, SMRG responds to emergencies anywhere in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to conduct searches for missing persons or aircraft, and to carry out rescue operations in wilderness areas that require specialized equipment and techniques.
Based in Vienna, Virginia, SMRG has over 100 active members with expertise in wilderness medicine, land navigation, search and tracking techniques, land/air evacuation methods, and emergency incident management. Our teams are dispatched to 20-30 search emergencies annually, and operate in conjunction with state and local authorities as well as other ASRC groups. SMRG is a section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) which has no direct role in search and rescue operations, but serves as the authority on Mid-Atlantic wilderness areas.
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