General Group Information
Purpose of the groupThe Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group (BRMRG), a member of the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference (ASRC), is an emergency response resource specializing in conducting and managing search and rescue (SAR) operations for lost persons and aircraft. Based out of Charlottesville, BRMRG has been responding to missions throughout Virginia and its bordering states since 1973. Our organization is comprised of professional volunteers who dedicate countless hours to rigorous training, mission response, group projects, preventative instruction, and public awareness. We are on alert 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
To request BRMRG's assistance, call the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM 800-468-8892). In an emergency, call 911.
What we provide the communityBRMRG is always seeking ways to serve the community. Currently our organization accomplishes this by providing the following services:
- Professional assistance during SAR emergencies and disasters
- Emergency medical services
- Personal safety education (wilderness survival and SAR awareness)
- Preventative search and rescue education (Hug-a-Tree children's program)
What We Provide Our Members:Brought together by a love for the outdoors and a drive to help others, BRMRG members have come from various walks of life and each brings their own strengths, knowledge, experiences, and perspectives. Recognizing this, BRMRG provides its members with the opportunities to apply their abilities while developing new ones through training, certification, field experience, and leadership opportunities. Due to the nature of our work and the diversity of our members, we believe that maintaining a strong sense of community and camaraderie is just as important. For this reason, we hold numerous social events throughout the year, allowing current members and alumni, along with friends and family, to gather in more informal settings for fun and relaxation.
Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization's contracts, acts or omissions.