You know all those Eaton Canyon rescues you hear about? Well, a whole team helps conduct those and many other rescues for free.
The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team does not charge for any searches and rescues no matter how difficult, dangerous or extensive they may be, so they must raise funding for necessary vehicles, equipment and training through private donations, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team shared in a release Monday.
A donation drive is underway now for the AMRT, which was established in 1951 and is the oldest organization of its kind in Southern California.
The team is headquartered at the Altadena Sheriff’s Station and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Altadena Mountain Rescue Team duties include rotating weekend patrols of 20 canyons behind Pasadena and Altadena to help ensure quick response time to emergencies and aid in fire prevention and mountain safety. The team has also participated in rescues throughout California, New York, Hawaii and Mexico.
Visit amrt.org to make a tax deductible donation via PayPal or send a check to Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, 780 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena, CA 91001.