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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

realized through practical, interagency collaboration.



BES provides specialized search and rescue services:

  • Dive and water rescue
  • Urban and rural search management and tactical operations
  • Heavy vehicle and aircraft extrication
  • Rope rescue and low-angle evacuations
  • Wildland fire suppression
Ancillary: structure fire support, traffic control, disaster assistance, incident staging, and other emergency support services.

BES maintains a state of readiness to successfully deliver these services by:

  • PEOPLE: Building a culture of teamwork and transparency
  • TRAINING: Conducting training that ensures members can apply skills to priority services
  • EQUIPMENT: Maintaining apparatus and equipment in a state of operational readiness
  • COLLABORATION: Expanding interagency, operational collaboration and efficiencies



  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

Strategic Initiatives

1.     Search Management – Build depth of experience, train officers and senior members by Dec 2015; employ equipment and tools at Operations Chief and SAR Manager level by Dec. 2016.

2.     Heavy Vehicle Extrication – Phase I: Explore need, define requirements, seek collaboration and co-funding by Sept. 2016; Phase II: Obtain specialized training, secure equipment/tools by Mar 2017.

3.     Apparatus – A. Re-purpose QRV mission to command presence, search management, all-hazards support response and identify suitable new vehicle by Apr 2016. B. Create big vehicle replacement plan by Dec. 2016. C. Evaluate scene lighting options and propose recommendations by Jan. 2017.

4.     UAS SAR – A. Under 333 COA, add pilots to team, begin training and missions by Apr. 2016; B. Under Sheriff Dept., secure COA and hummingbird airframe, training, and mission deployment by Dec. 2016.

5.     Urban Search – Phase I: Explore need, define requirements, seek collaboration and co-funding by July 2016; Phase II: Obtain specialized training, secure equipment/tools by Mar 2017.


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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