Pacific Northwest. The Mazamas have a rescue group organized to assist in emergencies in all mountainous areas. The Mountaineers, Inc. (Seattle, Everett and Tacoma) give annual training programs in elementary and intermediate climbing, both on rock and on ice, and in ski mountaineering. They have also a Safety Committee, which is responsible for the outlining and promotion of safe mountain practices. Together with the Washington Alpine Club and the regional section of the National Ski Patrol System, the Mountaineers sponsor the Mountain Rescue and Safety Council organized last year. This group functions in cooperation with, and sometimes at the request of, USAAF and USCG Search and Rescue and other local and national governmental services.