Vision, Mission, and Goals


“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.”


Boulder Emergency Squad is a professionally trained and certified all-volunteer 501(c)(3) search and rescue team who safely delivers high quality and timely emergency search, rescue and support services to the people of Boulder County.

  • 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 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.

2021-2023 Initiatives