March 2017 Elections 

Albany County Sheriff's Search and Rescue held their 2017 Officer and Board elections on Tuesday March 28th. The results are as follows:


President - Dan Hutchison
Vice President - Matt Burkhart
Secretary - Lisa Zezas
Treasurer - Paige Hellbaum
Training Officer - Rodney Fought

Board Of Directors
Liberty Boyer - 2 year term 
Alan Sinicki - 2 year term
Kurt Braisted - 1 year term

Congratulations to the new and continuing officers and board members. 





Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:08:00 AM Categories: Community Meeting News News

Winter Preparedness 

Whether you are enjoying the outdoors this winter on skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles, new to the sport, or a seasoned adventurer. Please take the time to be prepared when entering our wonderful outdoors. Old Man winter can be peaceful one minute and a bear 15 minutes later. Make sure you have the proper clothing and the right supplies to survive the unforeseeable. Let someone know your plans, when you are leaving, where you are going and when you plan to return.  Our avalanche danger is high with the new snow pack, if you must play in prone areas, get the gear and knowledge to use it.  Be smart, stay safe and enjoy the winter Wyoming outdoors!

Posted by Dan Hutchison Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:00:00 PM Categories: Community

Missing Man Found in Albany County 

On 13 September 2016, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office located the body of Jerome “Jerry” Elmore in the Snowy Range west of Laramie. A search and rescue mission had been planned to take place in the area where Elmore’s rental vehicle had been located. Before the search got underway, the Laramie Area Records and Communications received a 911 call from a hunter who reported finding a dead body in the area of the primary search area.

Deputies of the Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and found Elmore deceased in the National Forest several hundred yards from his vehicle. The County Coroner’s Office also responded and conducted their own investigation.

In spite of requests from the media and posts on social media sites for updated information, the Sheriff’s Office was unable to provide any updated information until they were certain the next of kin had been notified.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 11:31:00 AM Categories: Call News

Vedauwoo Beaver Ponds 

At 1757hr this evening (7/11/2016) ACSSAR was called to assist in locating a three year old missing in the Vedauwoo Beaver Ponds area. At approximately 1900hr the child was located and returned safe to her family with the help of others hikers in the area. 14 ACSSAR personel deployed to lend a hand, along with numerous members of the Albany County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol, US Forest Service, Laramie Fire Department and an Airlife Denver helicopter out of Cheyenne also assisted in the search!
Monday, July 11, 2016 10:49:00 PM Categories: Call

Laramie Peak / Black Mountain Call 

6/29/2016 1200

ACSSAR was requested by Albany  County Sheriff’s Office to assist in locating three hikers in the Laramie Peak area, near Black Mountain.  Six ACSSAR members were in route when approximately 1345 the hikers were located and return safely to their vehicle.  All SAR members return safely to Laramie by 1430.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 3:50:00 PM

2016 Election of Officer and Board of Directors 

The 2016 elections were held at the March 29th meeting.
Congratulations to the 2016 ACSSAR Officers and Board!

The 2016 results are as follows:
President: Dan Hutchison
Vice President: Matt Burkhart 
Treasurer: Paige Hellbaum
Training: Yvette Widman
Secretary: Lisa Zezas

Board Members:
(1yr) Alan Sinicki
(1yr) Kurt Braisted
(2yr) Neil Mathison
(2yr) Brenna Noll

Here's to another great year with ACSSAR!
And thank you to Dane Purmalis and Chris Armstrong for the past years service!

Posted by Dan Hutchison Wednesday, March 30, 2016 11:00:00 AM Categories: Meeting News

Winter Time Pack! 

Wintertime recreation in the Laramie area is something special whether skiing, hiking, snowshoeing or snowmobiling! Being prepared for your adventure is key to a fun rewarding outing. The weather is nearly unpredictable in the high elevations and can change fast. Every season there are numerous accounts of individuals and groups getting lost, running out of fuel or injured while recreating. Please take a moment before each ride and outfit yourself properly for the ride. 

Avalanche Gear: If you plan to be in steep terrain 
  • Shovel in your backpack not on your sled.
  • Probe in your backpack not on your sled.
  • Beacon attached to you, not in your backpack or on your sled.
  • Don't forget the training! If you have had the training, you will know why your gear belongs with you and not on your sled..
Survival Gear for Your Backpack
  • First Aid Kit
  • Pack Saw
  • Multiple Light Sources
  • LED Flashlight
  • LED Head Lamp
  • Toilet paper
  • Survival Blanket
  • Adventure Medical HeatSheets Emergency Bivvy
  • Duct tape
  • Knife
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Matches
  • Fire Flint
  • Road Flares
  • Tampons (Fire Starter)
  • Water container
  • Food – Can of Tuna or Baked Beans...
  • Extra Gloves
  • Extra Socks
  • Hand Warmers
  • Tarp/Shelter material
Stuff To Have In Snowmobile:
  • Spare Spark Plugs
  • Basic Toolkit
  • Spare Belt
  • Water Bottles
  • Food
  • Rope
Highly Recommended
  • Cell Phone - service is not a 100% thing in the Snowy's, but you may well get a signal so why not try!
  • Spot
  • Garmin Rino (2-way Radio / GPS Combo) If nothing else carry a GPS
Friday, February 26, 2016 1:17:00 PM Categories: Community News

Missing Snowmobile Family 

On Saturday, the 16th, of January, a family of three, a husband and wife, age 46, and their son, age 18, were snowmobiling in the Snowy Mountain Range, west of the Green Rock parking area off HWY 130. During the afternoon one of the three snowmobiles became inoperable. Due to high winds and ground blizzards the family prepared for the night by building a snow cave and starting a fire.


On Sunday morning, the 17th, the father heard another snowmobile in the area and with one of the remaining snowmobiles left camp in hopes of gaining assistance. After a period of time the snowmobile the father was operating became submerged in a body of water. The father then took the last remaining snowmobile in an attempt to find help when his handlebars broke, rendering his snowmobile useless.


Again, due to high winds and ground blizzards, the father was forced to build another snow cave for himself and spent Sunday night in the cave. On Monday morning, the 18th, the father was soon located by search teams. All rescue teams were then diverted to the general area of the father’s discovered location until major ground blizzards prevented further search efforts.


Search efforts resumed at sunrise on Tuesday morning, the 19th. At approximately 8:00 a.m., search teams located the son, at which time it was determined that the mother was deceased. The son was then transported to an awaiting Snow-Cat and shortly thereafter transferred to the Wyoming Air National Guard helicopter where he was immediately airlifted to Ivinson Memorial Hospital. The son has been transported to a Colorado area hospital for further care.



Robert J. DeBree


Albany County Sheriff’s Office


Tuesday, January 19, 2016 12:39:00 PM Categories: Call News

Injured Skier 

Centennial Ridge
At 1338 today ACSSAR was contacted by the Albany County Sheriff's Office to assist Centennial Fire Department in carrying an injured skier off of Centennial Ridge. 12 members responded with additional help from Snowy Range Ski Patrol and the Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol. The patient was successfully lowered to a landing zone and taken to more advanced medical care by approximately 1600. Thanks to all teams involved!
Sunday, January 03, 2016 6:43:00 PM

Level 1 Avalanche Course ( Feb 2016)  

Offered by Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol, and Snowy Range Ski Patrol

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. It meets all American Avalanche Association standards for level 1 avalanche courses


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 will meet all requirements 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 16th,                      6:00 to 9:30 PM

                       Thursday February 18th,                    6:00 to 9:30 PM

                       Sunday February, 21st                         all day field session

                       Thursday February 25th,                   6:00 to 9:30 PM

       Saturday February 27th                     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 115, UW Half Acre Building




Want to Refresh? If you have taken this course, the National Ski Patrol recommends you refresh every three years. There have been significant changes. Refresher cost is $10 plus cost of text.

Module 3 (Organized Avalanche Rescue) Highly recommended for ski patrollers but optional for non-rescue personnel, this 1-day field course will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016.  The fee is $22. More information will be available during Modules 1 and 2.

Sunday, December 06, 2015 2:05:00 PM Categories: News Training
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