As you know, I am a volunteer member of the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit (BAMRU). I am writing in hopes that you would consider making a tax deductible donation to my search and rescue team this holiday season.
BAMRU is an all-volunteer search and rescue (SAR) unit, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We look for and help people who are missing, lost, stranded, or injured in our home county of San Mateo, the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and the state of California.
Our team helps locate missing and injured members of our community, whoever and wherever they may be, including the missing in urban or suburban environments. To date, BAMRU members have volunteered over 10,000 hours at 21 searches covering 27 operational periods. Recent searches include missing persons in Redwood City, Pacifica, Santa Cruz, La Honda, and Trinity County. Our team searched for missing hikers in Yosemite National Park, Inyo County, Carmel (Monterey County), and San Mateo County. BAMRU has searched for overdue hunters in Bear Valley (Alpine County), a missing skier Desolation Wilderness (El Dorado County), a mountain biker in Santa Cruz, and an abducted teenager in Santa Clara County. BAMRU also responded to in-county operations such as a firearm evidence search, Storm Watch, and multiple inter-agency trainings. More about our recent trainings and search activity can be found on our blog. I personally have attended 6 trainings and 11 searches totaling 285 volunteer hours in 2012 alone.
BAMRU is accredited in search management, tracking, technical rock rescue, and snow and ice rescue as a member of the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) and is a FEMA and California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) Type I search and rescue resource. This means that we have the ability to operate safely and effectively, unsupported, night or day, in all terrain, in all weather, and in all seasons.
Members of BAMRU are climbers, mountaineers, backpackers and skiers who train in a variety of skills used for search and rescue. BAMRU members live all over the Bay Area, from Marin to Santa Cruz and from San Francisco to Contra Costa County.
The unit is an independent, tax-exempt public charity as described in IRS section 501(c) 3 (Federal ID 23-7098708). BAMRU is a non-profit corporation with an elected board of directors, affiliated with the San Mateo County (California) Sheriff's Emergency Services Bureau.
BAMRU members donate their time for training and emergency operations. No payment is expected for our services. All of our funding comes from donations and member contributions, with some assistance from the San Mateo County (California) Sheriff's Emergency Services Bureau primarily for fuel and ropes for our technical systems.
Substantially all of our expenditures go directly to fund searches, trainings, and support supplies and equipment. We have no paid employees, consultants, contractors or agents - all of our members are volunteers who donate their own personal time, personal gear, and personal contributions.
BAMRU is a member organization of the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) and the Bay Area Search and Rescue Council (BASARC). BAMRU has also sponsored three other teams in achieving their Mountain Rescue Association accreditation.
Because donations are such a necessity to keep BAMRU functioning as a proper search and rescue team, I am asking you, my friends and family, in hopes that you would consider contributing a donation in support of the work we do. Any gift would be most appreciated. BAMRU has an annual operating budget of $10,000 which directly goes to cover the replacement of damaged gear, member trainings and utilities such as truck insurance and our satellite phone.
One of our greatest and immediate needs is to replace our two-wheel drive truck. After 14 years and 215,000 + miles “Baby Blue” has reached the end of it’s effective service with our team. This truck is our mobile cache on which we rely to carry all of our ropes, rigging, and medical gear to and from search assignments across the state in every condition. A functioning truck directly affects our ability to carry out our mission. We have estimated the cost of a new truck as approximately $75,000 including all the bells and whistles that enable effective search and rescue operations. I am happy to provide more details regarding our truck needs if you would like.
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Thank you for your consideration and Happy Holidays!
Field Member and Executive Officerwww.bamru.org