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While we would like to tell you about every mission we participate in, we are unable to do so unless the Albany County Sheriff's Office releases information.

The meeting began with a discussion of old business, which included the fundraising letter, training and new member orientation scheduling, ID cards, and bylaws and ROPs. Snowmobile usage policy was covered, as was the use of ATVs. The issue of batteries dying on the ATVs was brought up and solutions were proposed.

New business covered officer and board member roles, expectations, and expected behavior. The duties of each new officer were individually discussed. Business cards for new officers and board members are on order. Storage space concerns were brought up and ideas for where to store extra gear, equipment, etc. were offered. Obtaining a safety deposit box was discussed as was the cost. It appeared to be a cost-effective solution to storing SAR funds/other valuables. The need for a new meeting room was discussed. Buying a new projector was discussed and Matt motioned to buy. Brenna seconded and all were in favor. Callout system training was covered so that those in attendance would be more familiar with how the system works. Collaboration with the Medical Reserve Corps was discussed. 

Upcoming events and training were discussed, including the multi-agency exercise and search in Lusk on May 30th. It was pointed out that working with other agencies outside of an actual emergency is rare so the opportunity should be taken advantage of. Red Cross CPR instructor training on July 11 and 12  was mentioned and will be discussed at the monthly meeting. Fifth grade day on May 18 was talked about, and a signup sheet should be created. The dog show on May 23-25 was also discussed and a signup sheet is available online or on paper.  The Coast Guard will host inland search and rescue training May 4-8. High angle training in Sheridan will be offered on June 5. Joel Harden Professional Tracking Services will conduct training on June 12 and 13. Land navigation training with Russell Clark will occur on June 13-14. 

In attendance:

Dan Hutchinson

Josh Hurt

Brenna Noll

Dane Purmalis

Chris Armstrong 

Harold

Todd Schlager

Neil Matheson 

Matt Allshouse

Paige Hellbaum

Jason Sheathelm

Kurt Braisted

 

The elections are in, the results are tallied, and....
Congratulations to the 2015 ACSSAR Officers and Board!

And thank you to all of those who served this past year.
The 2015 results are as follows:

President: Dan Hutchison
Vice President: Chris Armstrong
Treasurer: Paige Hellbaum
Training: Jason Sheathelm
Secretary: Dane Purmalis
Board Members:
(1yr) Kurt Braisted
(2yr) Matt Allshouse
(2yr) Josh Hurt

Here's to another great year with ACSSAR!

February 14th at 12:28 am - Albany County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue received a request for assistance from the Sheriff’s Office in a search for an overdue hiker in the Chimney Park area off of Hwy 230.  With temperatures near 25 degrees, hasty teams including K9s began deploying to the area and were on scene around 2am. An additional 14 ACSSAR members and additional deputies arrived on scene around 7am. As teams began to deploy from the staging area, the subject made his way back to the parking area and was in good health.  Thanks To all responding!

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Avalanche Level 1 Training Opportunity
As announced at the meeting and Avalanche Awareness Training last night, the National Ski Patrol, Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol, and Snowy Range Ski Patrol are offering a Avalanche Level 1 class here in Laramie next month. You will not find a more affordable class at this level anywhere, and there is still room to join!

Module 1: Avalanche Foundations
Module 2: Avalanche Safety and Rescue Skills

 
Level 1 Avalanche course, Modules 1 and 2, offered by the National Ski Patrol, Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol, and Snowy Range Ski Patrol.
 

The course is open to both the general public and members of the ski patrol.
 
This is a National Ski Patrol course with both classroom (Module 1) and on-the-snow (Module 2) experience. Participants will receive credit for both modules, and be prepared to take Organized Avalanche Rescue (Module 3) additionally if desired.
 
TOPICS COVERED: Avalanche conditions, human factors, snow conditions, weather, route selection, transceivers, avoiding an avalanche, and rescue - what to do if you or a member of your group is caught by an avalanche.
 
TIME:              
                   
Tuesday February 17th,        6:00 to 9:30 pm
                    Thursday February 19th,       6:00 to 9:30 pm
                    Sunday February, 22nd         all day field session
                    Tuesday February 24th,        6:00 to 9:30 pm
                    Sunday March 1st              all day field session
 
COST: $32 plus text (Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, 2nd edition, Bruce Tremper, 2008), payable at the first class
 
PLACE: Room 215, UW Classroom Building
 
RESERVATION OR INFO: Contact Ranie: rmlynds@yahoo.com
 
Want to Refresh? If you have taken this course in the past, the National Ski Patrol recommends you refresh every three years. There have been significant changes. Refresher cost is $10 plus cost of texts.

 

ACSSAR Meeting 27 January 2015

The meeting began with a reading of the minutes. Brenna explained what was going to happen at the meeting tonight, a form was passed around for the members to fill out for identification purposes. 
Brenna explained about field member requirements.
She also explained that we will be doing 6 mock searches which will be held on the 2nd Saturday of every other month. The first one will be on feb 14th. These will be held like real searches and members should pack, prepare, and dress accordingly. 
An updated calendar will be available on our website which will include various trainings and the time and place for meetings and classes. The upcoming training was also displayed and talked about out to June. 
Changes were made to snow mobile usage policy, it was handed out and is available on the website. Members have 30 days to review the policy. 
Elections are coming up, new and eligible members are encouraged to apply or run for available positions. 
Vicki went over and handed out the financial report. 
We have the new t-shirts in, they are $12 each. 
Meeting adjourns at 1923 hrs
Tonight's training will be Avalanche training. 
The first part of meeting was recorded via Dragon dictation. Due to either echoes in the room or faulty software the notes were unreadable and uncomprehendable. 
 
Cathi moves to give out donor plaques for those donating $150 or more, Matt seconds and motion passes.
There is continued planning for an excessive, possibly using mass casualties out at the ski area. Neil is working with EMA to find out when this might happen. January meeting, we are still on for Avalanche training. There will also be id pictures. We are also doing member updates. Dan handed out an updated form that has increased detail. The February meeting will consist of a familiarization with the Albany area and knowing how to orienteering to where you may be on a map. There is a draft for a bank grant primarily used to replace gear that was lost or damaged during training or on a search. Brenna will be looking at updating our mission statement and will have a rough draft this week. 
Cathi is concerned that we are not trying as hard as we should looking for other grant possibilities. 
Matt talked about the United way, if we had applied to be a agency through the United way. He discussed how to apply to become affiliated and thinks we should become a designated agency, we could benefit by receiving funding through them. We would have to comply with their annual campaign but could benefit through recognition. We would also have to abide by their restrictions and rules. Our own fundraising efforts would have to be adjusted, along with our volunteer efforts at the Jelm mountain run. Several questions about the application itself were fielded by Matt, and the application can be found on our website. The consensus thus far is to hold off on applying, bring it up to the group as a whole, and get our own ducks in arow before moving forward. 
Dan brought up the previous year budgets and we reviewed how they match up with what actually happened, the budget was a good guideline and isn't too far off what we have and what we've spent. 
Dan would like to put together a budget for 2015 to be reviewed on the next meeting. 
Brenna went over a mock calender setup with the board, discussed having set times and dates for training (specific and non specific). This new setup would be a good guideline as to what may be up and coming and a good reference to members not involved in the planning. 
Upcoming training: next Tuesday the SO would like to do another mock search with ROTC and would like some volunteers from ACSSAR. The volunteers would need to be adept at land nav. Dan will be sending out an email along with the monthly meeting reminder tomorrow. 
The 31st the Ft Collins tracking team will be doing training and some from us are welcome to attend. 
On June 5th-7th there is a JHPTS tracking class in lusk
Land nav with Russel Clark will take place on June 13th and 14th with a possible mock search. 
Cathi would like to start including a hazmat class for the group and will look into the possibility. 
Cathi would also like to include the CAP in one of our mock searches. 
Snowmobile training has been successful thus far and Dan would like to continue devolving riders. 
 
 
 
In attendance:
Dan Hutchinson
Cathi Carr-Lundfelt
Josh Hurt
Brenna Noll
Neil Mathewson
Harold
Matt Allshouse (teleconference)

At 8:24am Albany County Sheriff's Office contacted ACSSAR with a standby request for assistance in searching for three overdue snowmobiler. It was then discovered several of ACSSAR snowmobile team were already preparing for a leisure ride and were then routed to assist in the search. Around 10am all were located safe.

As the winter season begins to take shape,  ACSSAR would like to remind all winter outdoor enthusiasts to be prepared for mother nature. Please take adequate steps to be safe before you venture out this winter.

ACSSAR Board Meeting 18 NOV 2014

1904 Meeting start, Neil and Dan have been working on programing the radios, still not complete due to scheduling. SAR channels have been programmed in, fine tuning is still needed.

Fundraising was discussed by Matt, Vicki has received one check, should get more soon. Matt believes we could do the McAllister’s fundraising annually.

There will be a new member orientation in December. We have one new member confirmed and the board discussed others that are pending.

Cathi brings up that she has some concerns about some the training being planned without her direct input/knowledge. Matt also made a comment that if we keep getting more active members, how would we proceed in managing a unit of 100+ members, Brenna points out that that is on the agenda for tonight.

Due to some discussion with First Aid and CPR classes and expiration dates within the group, Brenna suggested that we hold several 1st Aid classes throughout the year so that new members and members that have out certifications can maintain their certification.

Cathi reminds everyone that we still need to spend the $100 certificate given to the K9 group, she suggested doing an add in the Laramie Boomerang.

The Board and officers discussed getting the donor plaques out before the holidays, doing the top 10 donors and getting the others done early next year.

We want to do the Christmas parade on Dec 6th, at the meeting we plan to ask for volunteers.

The Albany County EMA mass disaster planning has come to a halt for the time being, next training/exercise would be for blizzard.

New Business includes a report from Ann involving the International Mountain Bike Police Association: Ann would like to have the class be taught here, possibly in conjunction with Larimer County. Ann passed out the price information for what the whole training would cost.

Matt got the new ACSSAR shirts for everyone to purchase, they are $12 each, more for extra sizes. It was also brought up that we need to draw up some guidelines for when it is appropriate to wear or display ACSSAR gear.

The will be a 5 day, 40 hour training with the U.S.C.G. for inland search operations, this class would be geared more for higher level management and working with other agencies. The training is set for May 4th-8th.

In Attendance

Dan Hutchinson

Ann Wislowski

Brenna Noll

Neil Matheson

Matt Allshouse

Josh Hurt

Cathi Carr-Lundfelt

Harold

 

Team Mission Report

Team members responding: 10

Miles: 6 vehicles @ 120 miles  round trip = 720miles

Hours: 5 hr = 50 man hours

Other Responding: Albany County Sheriff's Office, Laramie Fire Department, Big Laramie Fire Department, AirLife Denver

 

News Release from the Albany County Sheriff's Office

http://www.co.albany.wy.us/news-release-10302014.aspx

October 30, 2014

- At approximately 5:29 P.M. Deputies of the Albany County Sheriff's office received a call to respond to the area of the Platte River Wilderness Area near the Pickaroon Campground near a trailhead that leads into the wilderness area.

- Dispatch received the call from a man who had been hiking in the area. The hiker had been approached by another man on a horse saying that his friend had fallen while riding a horse and needed medical assistance as it was apparent that he may have broken bones. The man needed to hike to an area where he was able to make cell phone contact to request assistance.

- Albany County Deputies immediately began their response to the area yet due to the remoteness of the area, did not arrive until approximately 7:30 P.M.

- Additional resources had been requested by the responding Deputies, which included (Two) EMT personnel from the Big Laramie Volunteer Fire Department, 10 Albany County Search and Rescue volunteers, and the Flight for Life helicopter and its crew.

- Deputies and other members of the Rescue team immediately began walking approximately one half mile up the rugged trail, where the man was located and it was discovered that he had a compound fracture to his femur.

- Rescue personnel carried the victim out of the trail area, to the awaiting helicopter.

- The victim was then airlifted to a Colorado area hospital to care for his injuries.

 

Robert J. DeBree (Undersheriff)

Albany County Sheriff's Office

Laramie, WY

 

 

 

 

Albany County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue  is placing the following Snowmobiles up for sale via bid.

To schedule a visit or place a bid email:

Bidding will end Nov 7th, 2014, 5:00pm

Please include snowmobile number, bid price, contact name and phone in bid.

A minimum bid of $200.00 each

Snowmobile #1

For Sale: 2001 Polaris  600 RMK
136” Track
2554.7 Miles

Last Serviced in 2013

 

 

 

Snowmobile #2

For Sale: 2002 Polaris  500 RMK

136” Track
1628.9 Miles

Last Serviced in 2013

 

 

 

 

 

ACSSAR Board Meeting 21-Oct-14

Old business started with our radios, we now have some and they are usable. Matt hasn’t heard back from MacAllisters yet, he will check with them Wednesday. Brenna talked about the Search Management training and some points brought in to help organize management such as post it notes or dry erase boards, this might be something we may acquire soon. There are also several forms that we are looking at incorporating into the trailer, Cathi mentions that no matter what forms we get we need to practice filling them out to gain familiarity.

Dan brought up that he is going to get a list from Vicki so he can get the donor plaques made. Cathi reminds us that we still have a $100 gift certificate ear marked for SAR dogs that needs to be spent before the end of the year.

We are looking at getting some training aids for CPR/1st Aid classes. Cathi has some older trainers that were donated but we need a place to store them and there is the question of longevity of the equipment. Dan has some new equipment ready to purchase for our use (teaching), we believe that we may go forward with it next month.

Cathi reminds us that the Bloodbourne Pathogens training will be needed soon.

New business begins with a documentary request; so far nobody has any objections to having a documenter film and cover our activities (excluding real searches).

EMA is planning mass disaster training, the main one that is being planned is flooding. We were reminded that last year could’ve been worse for flooding than it already was. The next meeting will be equipment readiness, Dan suggested throw ropes, PFD’s, helmets, a raft, and static lines. Neil brought up additional equipment such as zodiacs, dry suit/wet suits, but equipment should come with training to avoid over confidence.

Dan met with the SO, they brought up radios (lack there-of), they promise it was a one-time occurance, Todd believes they shoud be moved somewhere else.  The SO they could transport the trailer to a search upon request as long as it wasn’t the first thing done. If your gear gets damaged on a search, you need to go out the next day and replace it, the kicker is that the reimbursement won’t happen until October (fuel is 5 days and is at a Federal rate). Brenna suggested putting all this information and the forms on our website for everyone to get easily. Snowmobile training was also brought up and in discussion the SO was instructed to buy us a snowmachine (it was purchased). The machine still requires about $200 worth of upgrades that will help with longevity. Dan proposed that we get rid of the old ones, us being a non-profit organization we have to put them up for bid. They do require some TLC but they still run. Matt moves that we sell the old sleds, Brenna 2nd, and motion carries. With the possible sale of the 2 older machines, Dan wants to start looking at getting another newer one, he knows of one that may be available. With the a quick check of the finances dan asked if anyone has any problems purchasing a used at a reasonable rate; Matt moves that we purchase the used machine, Brenna 2nd and motion passes.

The SO is putting together a grant to purchase some new snow machines, if they do get it then we get their old ones but that may be up to a year out.
The SO also wants to start doing tourniquet training with their deputies and SAR personnel

Also brought up was swift water training along with land navigation, Dan wants to bring in Russell Clark to train (2 day) with land nav.

Swift water training will be basics (as per normal) with throw bags and classroom stuff early next year.

Matt talked to Laramie screen printing and looked at different materials and patterns. He looks at 50/50 poly cotton dry blends and looked at colors and found that orange is the best for us, with various different styles. Standard black lettering will be the standard at $11.10 a shirt if we order 50 or more, add $2 for extra sizes. At the meeting this month we will take size information and get sign-ups for the new shirts. We will be getting pictures taken for ID’s in the November meeting.

Dan and Brenna sat down and talked with Park county SAR, among the issues brought up were marking the IC and who to report to. Other ideas were teams out on searches carrying strobes for easy spotting, getting our training identified as college credits (maybe through LCCC) or NASAR credits. There is a SARTEC 2 class upcoming in Casper in November if anyone is interested, Cathi described what is involved with that. Cathi also brought up that she believes it would be advantageous of us to get all our members at least SARTEC 3 certified.

November 8th we have the territorial prison reserved for mock search (critical separation) drills. We also will be doing terminology familiarization along with the search part.

Brenna brings up that along with our new requirements for members and required training, the SO would like to see known Team Leaders among the group. Among the required training, ICS classes were brought up specifically ICS 700, remember that member that have been a part of ACSSAR for a while have until the end of the year while new member have 1 calender year. Several examples were given of how to obtain Team Leader status. Cathi suggests that there be some sort of recognition for those that obtain the necessary requirements for Team Leader whatever that may be.  Brenna would like to see some additional minimum training requirements for new members in order to be fielded. Neil brought up that interviews with the new members could also be implemented so we could get to know the new members. Brenna proposed bi monthly mock callouts for 2015, this would include knowing what day it but not the exact time, a callout would be issued and members would have to use critical thinking like a real search.

In Attendance

Dan Hutchinson

Matt Allshouse

Cathi Carr-Lundfelt

Brenna Noll

Josh Hurt

Harold

Neil Matheson

ACSSAR Board Meeting 9-23-14

Call to Order:  1903

Present:  Harold Magness, Dan Hutchison, Brenna Noll, Neil Mathison, Cathi Carr-Lundfelt

Old Business: 

Weapons Policy:  Looked over latest draft presented at regular meeting. No changes were made. Cathi moved to vote the policy into effect; Brenna seconded; all were in favor.

Radios:  Dan is still going to make the purchase.

Fundraising @ McAllister’s:  Not discussed because Matt was unable to attend the meeting.

Training:  Cathi heard back from Kurt and search management training is scheduled for October 18-19 and should end Sunday by noon. Cathi will line up a hotel for the instructor and look into a location for the classroom portion with AV capabilities, possibly at the Fire Department.

Donor Plaques:  Need to check with Vicki on largest donors before ordering.

Community Outreach:  Local Girl Scout junior and cadette troops contacted Dan and requested a talk on outdoor safety and survival and first aid on October 2nd.

Cathi gave a talk on Sunday the 21st at the Canterbury House on Search & Rescue.

Trailer Power Supply:  Need a workday to install the new power supply. Dan will bring the trailer to his house and schedule the workday either for this Saturday or over a few weeknights.

(Brenna interjected new business) Trailer Substitute Bins:  Dan put together a tub containing a butane stove, percolating coffee pot, disposable cups, water, coffee, tea, soup, napkins, etc. that can be taken to a search site when the trailer isn’t hauled up.

Brenna and Dan put together clipboards of useful SAR forms, maps, and writing utensils to be kept in several board member’s/officer’s  vehicles and one to go in the SAR tub, again for when the trailer isn’t hauled up. These are meant to help with search organization and make sure things are not overlooked, and to document our search involvement.

Brenna also proposed putting together a tub of spare gear, particularly warm clothing and rain gear, that could be provided to subjects or searchers.

Red Cross Training:  Another LTP training is being scheduled for Spring 2015 by the Red Cross. Approximately 5 ACSSAR members have already expressed interest in taking the course. Price points need to be set for classes, both for profit and non-profit groups. Dan proposed setting the cost at $20 below Red Cross prices, except for the Blood Borne Pathogen course which would remain at the same cost as the Red Cross class. Also need new mannequins for training. Dan found Red Cross approved set of 2 adult, 2 infant, and 1 trained AED for $435. Brenna and Cathi proposed ACSSAR buy 2 sets to have sufficient mannequins for a class of 8. Brenna also proposed buying disposable lungs, cleaning supplies, and non-rebreather masks. Dan and Brenna proposed buying 10 CPR Pro manuals (@ $5.95/manual) and 10 Lay person manuals (@ 8.50/manual) as an ACSSAR set. Cathi moved we purchase the materials; Dan seconded; all were in favor.

New Business:

Resignation and Replacement:  Travis Wright resigned from the ACSSAR Board of Directors on Tuesday September 23rd. According to the Bylaws, the remaining BoD may elect a replacement. Brenna moved to elect Neil Mathison; Dan seconded; all were in favor.

Conversation w/ Lt. Fritzen:   Dan spoke with Lt. Fritzen earlier in the week. Fritzen recommended additional insurance for non-call out SAR activities. He also advised that ACSSAR members on future searches could immediately following the search buy replacements for lost or damaged gear and submit the receipt to the SO for reimbursement, however the reimbursements only occur annually in October.

Call Out Policy:  Colonel Day who is heading up ROTC was added to the call out list to be better apprised of ROTC members whereabouts during searches; he is not going to use the page out to notify ROTC of searches. ROTC members, or members of other interested groups, are welcome to join SAR and be part of regular page outs, but must meet active ACSSAR requirements to remain on list. Discussed adding ROTC as an auxiliary group that can be paged out if requested by the SO. Also discussed that family and friends of ACSSAR members are not allowed to respond to page outs under the ACSSAR name due to insurance policies.

September Meeting:  Topic will be ACSSAR Search Procedures, and the training will begin with a debrief of the Labor Day Weekend rescue. Discussed making the presentation a mandatory sign-off for 2015.

Re-Visited Goals from March:  Progress has been made on fundraising. Membership, particularly active membership, has increased. Dan would like to see this at 80 active members. Training quality and quantity has increased. Snowmobile training this winter will be scheduled in advance. The BoD would like to do more to support the Mountain Bike team next summer. A mounted unit had been discussed in the previous goals meeting, but is difficult to organize. Discussed setting up an affiliate group. Discussed making the Nordic Ski Patrol another affiliate group. The BoD would like to see improvements in the formation of a support unit. Discussed making an affiliate group for a canteen/mess unit. Would still like to see 2-hr Green Belt mock searches. Discussed contacting Russell Clark to arrange a winter mock search including an overnight. Discussed incorporating training for officer positions in March 2015.

Upcoming Training:  Neil provided Avalanche Course dates:  the UW course will be February 3, 5, 7, 10, and 14, and the ski patrol course will be February 17, 19, 22, 24, and March 1 (the weekdays will be classroom days, the weekend days will be field days). An additional day on group rescue (Module 3) is tentatively scheduled for February 28th.

Dan moved to adjourn the meeting; Brenna seconded. Meeting ended at 2124.