ANSI, ASTM, ISO, ITRS, MRA, NASAR, NFPA, SPRAT and ICAR are some of the Industry Organizations affiliated with CMC Rescue via participation in one or more of the following industries; Technical Rope Rescue, Industrial Rope Access, Swiftwater Rescue, Fire Rescue, Search and Rescue, Confined Space Entry, Air Rescue and/or USAR. CMC Rescue is a founding sponsor and presenter of I.T.R.S., the International Technical Rescue Symposium. Information about these and other Industry Organizations can be found below.

The Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA)

ALEA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational, individual membership organization, founded in 1968 to support and encourage the use of aircraft in law enforcement. Their mission statement is to support, promote and advance the safe and effective utilization of aircraft by law enforcement agencies in support of law enforcement missions through training, networking, advocacy and educational programs.


American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Voluntary consensus standards pertaining to work and industry, including fall protection and safety equipment. ANSI is the official USA contact for ISO standards.
(202) 293-8020


American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

America’s oldest and largest professional safety organization for professionals managing, supervising and consulting on safety, health and environmental issues.
(847) 699-2929



ASTM International (ASTM)

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards on a variety of topics including Search And Rescue operations and equipment.
(610) 832-9585

Cordage Institute (CI)

Cordage Institute is an association of rope manufacturers that work to develop standards for rope specifications and performance. Its mission is to create value for its members by educating product users, the standards writing community, government agencies, and other entities on the proper use of industry products through dissemination of standards.
(610) 971-4854

Helicopter Rescue and Response Association (HRRA)

HRRA was founded in 2010 as a result of the annual ad hoc Helicopter Rescue Summit held in conjunction with Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo. The fruition of this association is the result of a common desire shared by those actively involved with helicopter rescue operations towards creating an information sharing network within the community. HRRA is dedicated to the safety of air crew, rescue and response personnel, and survivors through education, training, standardization and information sharing using technology and equipment improvements to increase operations efficiency and effectiveness and improving overall safety.

Helicopter Association International

Dedicated to the advancement of the international helicopter community. Its mission is to provide its members with services that directly benefit their operations, and to advance the international helicopter community by providing programs that enhance safety, encourage professionalism and economic viability while promoting the unique contributions vertical flight offers society.
(703) 683-4646


ICAR Is the international platform for the exchange of mountain rescue knowledge. Each year rescuers from different disciplines, medical personnel and rescue equipment manufacturers come together to review the latest advancements, methods and techniques. CMC Rescue is a sponsor of ICAR.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

ISO is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO standards are developed by technical committees comprising experts from the industrial, technical and business sectors . These experts may be joined by representatives of government agencies, testing laboratories, consumer associations, non-governmental organizations and academic circles. CMC Rescue is ISO 9001 certified.

International Technical Rescue Symposium

ITRS is the leading forum for up-to-date, state-of-the-art, technical rescue information. Rescuers representing mountain, cave, fire, industrial, and swift water gather to discuss ways to improve safety and performance, and ask and answer pertinent questions. ITRS is presented and co-sponsored by CMC Rescue.

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Mountain Rescue Association

The Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) was established in 1959 at Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood, OR making us the oldest Search and Rescue association in the United States. The MRA is an organization of teams dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education. They do so by improving the quality, availability, and safety of mountain search and rescue. With over 90 government authorized units, the MRA has grown to become the critical mountain search and rescue resource in the United States.

National Association for Search and Rescue

NASAR is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to advancing professional, literary, and scientific knowledge in fields related to search and rescue. NASAR is comprised of thousands of paid and non-paid professionals interested in all aspects of search and rescue – the humanitarian cause of saving lives – throughout the United States and around the world. …that others may live.
(703) 222-6277

National Fire Protection Association

NFPA standards are based on industry consensus and voluntary compliance pertaining to public and firefighter safety. Pertinent standards include professional qualifications, technical rescue, and life safety rope and equipment.
(617) 770-3000

National Safety Council (NSC)

A membership organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.
(630) 285-1121

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) was created by an Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. NPS is a bureau of the Department of the Interior. Directly overseeing its operation is the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
(292) 208-6843

Public Safety Accreditation Commission

PSAAC’s mission is to promote and advance safe, effective and efficient aviation operations in public safety through voluntary compliance with Commission standards validated through the accreditation process. Visit the PSAAC website at¬†

Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians

The Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) represents a variety of occupations that use rope to access a work location. Since 1997, SPRAT has been working to develop consensus-based safety and certification standards. The organization allows anyone working on rope to have a voice in issues that affect their occupations. SPRAT certification lets employers verify professional competence and experience. CMC Rescue is a founding member of SPRAT.