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What is Boulder Emergency Squad?

An organization of volunteer rescue professionals who provide technical search, rescue, and other emergency support services to the people of Boulder County and are dedicated to the preservation of life and property.

BES was founded by William R. Hughes in 1963 as a emergency radio club, later the 11-Meter Squad, and then first incorporated as B.E.S. in 1966. B.E.S. is a Colorado member-owned 501.c.3 non-profit entity.

To learn more about BES, who we are, and what we do, browse the Information and FAQ sections of the site using the links to the left.


“A future where the people of Boulder County are provided

the safest, most effective, and most efficient search and rescue services

in the most practical way.”



The volunteer rescue professionals of B.E.S. will deliver safe, high quality, and timely emergency services to the people of Boulder County by:

  • Enhancing the well-being and readiness of our members,
  • Conducting priority training that improves our skills and capabilities,
  • Establishing agency relationships that promote an optimized response protocol, and
  • Preparing our vehicles and equipment to be in a state of readiness at all times.



  1. SAFETY - Zero injuries, Zero damage.
  2. RESPONSE -  Optimize response times to do the most good for the most people.
  3. TRAINING - Provide engaging training on priority services.
  4. MEMBERS WELL-BEING - Operate with transparency, support individual career preparedness, encourage fitness, provide challenging activities.


Would you like to have BES come to your public event?

School presentations, scouting events, public safety trainings, fairs, festivals and parades. 

We are always happy to support our community.

Contact our Public Relations Supervisor


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Boulder Emergency Squad
P.O. Box 18887 
Boulder, CO 80308

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