Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group

AMRG: Here to Help

Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group functions under the authority of the agency responsible for the search or rescue (e.g., local Police or Fire Department, State Police, County Emergency Management Agency, or Park Superintendent). AMRG will conduct operations only at the request of such agencies, and will directly support the responsible agency at no cost.

AMRG does not search for lost or missing pets or other animals. 

If you are a state or local agency and need our assisstance contact us at: 

Emergency Dispatch

Allegheny County 911 (412-473-3056)

When you call, explain the incident and ask for Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group. The 911 Dispatcher will take your information and alert the team. An AMRG search manager will contact you shortly. 


AMRG is a versatile resource, offering:

  • ground searchers
  • air-scenting search dog teams
  • trailing/tracking dogs
  • cadaver/HRD dogs
  • search and incident managers
  • wilderness medical personnel
  • wilderness rescue/evacuation specialists
  • cave rescue

AMRG's volunteer search-and-rescue (SAR) specialists have been responding to calls from responsible authorities (RAs) since 1985. We have worked with many municipal and state officials in that time. References include the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and police and fire departments throughout Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Lawrence, Armstrong, Washington, Westmoreland, and Fayette Counties and the surround areas. We only respond to requests from RAs — not from search subjects' families, the media, etc. — and we are happy to respond along with or under the direction of local authorities and other SAR teams.All services are provided at no cost. AMRG is fully insured. 

Early in a search, we can respond with a quick response team consisting of highly trained field teams and, when requested, search management personnel. In the case of a growing, already initiated search, we can offer an escalated response, thanks in part through our affiliations with the Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Council, the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference, and the Mountain Rescue Association. In all cases, we respond with the resources and at the level that you request.

Responsible Authorities and other public safety agencies are welcome to train with AMRG; please check the current AMRG Training Schedule.