News

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.

March 27th, 2018

Elections were held at the March 2018 general meeting; the following are the results. We would like to thank Kurt Braisted for his six consecutive years as a Board Member and his continued leadership this year as Vice President. Congratulations to all that were elected and thank you to those that choose to run and support our organization.

Officers

President – Dan Hutchison ( 5th term, 2014-2019 )
Vice President – Kurt Braisted (1st term)
Treasurer – Ben Morgan (1st term)
Secretary – Rachel Meyer (1st term)
Training Officer – Jim Bob Schell (1st term)

Board of Directors

Matt Burkhart – term ending 2019 (1st term)
Brenna Hutchison – term ending 2020 (3rd term, 2014 – 2020)
Neil Mathison – term ending 2020 (3rd term, 2014 – 2020)

Joining Current Directors:
Liberty Boyer – term Ends 2019, (2017-2019)
Alan Sinicki – term Ends 2019. (2016- 2019)

News Release 
Search and Rescue
February 21, 2018

On February 20, 2018 at approximately 7:14 P.M., the Albany County Sheriff’s Office received a report of three Colorado residents that were overdue while snowmobiling in the Snowy Range Mountains. The caller had limited information regarding possible locations of the three men. 

Search teams consisting of Albany County Deputies and Albany County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteer’s, prepared to begin searching at sunrise on February 21st . 

At approximately 1:00 a.m., our office was notified that one of the lost subjects had contacted a family member by cell phone. He was instructed by Deputies on how to access his GPS on his cell phone. His GPS coordinates put his location near the Quealy warming hut on “N” trail. The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office also received a broken 911 call from this subject as well.  This subject reported that he was attempting to walk to the warming hut, however due to the depth of snow and extremely cold temperatures, he felt he wouldn’t survive. 

At 2:30 a.m., our office deployed a Tucker snow cat to the area to locate the missing subject. At approximately 3:30 a.m., deputies located the subject in good health, but he was extremely cold. He reported that his party had experienced mechanical issues with one of the snowmobiles and another had become stuck in deep snow.  He stayed with the two disabled snowmobiles while the other two rode double on a snowmobile back to the Green Rock parking area, to retrieve another snowmobile around 5:00 p.m. on Feb 20th.  The subject that stayed with the disabled snowmobiles made a fire with what little dry wood he could find, until the fire went out. The other subjects had not returned by midnight, so he attempted to walk towards a warming hut located approximately one and one half miles away. 

At approximately 11:00 a.m., on February 21st , our search teams located the other two missing subjects on “O” trail near Twin Lakes. They were escorted back to the parking area. It was determined that they had become disoriented and had taken a wrong turn while heading back to the truck. They had dug a snow cave and made a fire to survive the night. 

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public of the dangers of snowmobiling in the Snowy Range and the importance of having a plan, sticking to the plan and being prepared for the worst.  We would recommend that all riders carry a backpack containing a GPS, trail maps, several ways to start a fire, water, food and extra dry clothing. 

Typically during searches it’s easier for the search teams to locate stationary objects such as snowmobiles. If you become stuck it’s the best practice to remain with the machine, make a shelter, fire and stay put. It’s extremely risky to attempt to walk far distances in deep snow. 

Undersheriff DeBree

A write up on what happened and a thanks to all that participated.

https://adrenalinematters.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/search-and-rescue-success-lessons-learned/

This is a good reminder to evaluate the gear and supplies you take with you when venturing out no matter the activity. A simple thing like fire can be difficult to start, yet save your life and allow rescuers time to find you.

Enjoy the outdoors!

November 21, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 1900.

General

  • An after action review of the search near Vedauwoo was conducted.

  • Window hangars/stickers for vehicles will be coming soon.

  • The board is getting ready to place the order for new vests through Ski Area Supply. An order sheet was passed around at the last meeting for specific sizes, however extras will be ordered so we have extras.

Finance

  • A monthly summary was given.

    • Between July-September ACSSAR has received $192.39 in Amazon Smile donations.

    • A check from the Jelm Mountain Run was received for the amount of $1750.

  • Fundraising ideas were discussed. Ideas brought to the table include bingo, raffle, silent auction, and placing an ad for Giving Tuesday.

  • This year’s fundraising letter was also reviewed and the mailing list will be updated.

Equipment/Gear

  • The new dual radio chest harnesses came in and have worked well thus far.

  • A firehouse subs grant for 10 dry suits is in the works.

  • The new heater, hose and propane bottle for the command trailer came and will be installed soon.

  • Brenna made a motion to order a folding sandwich style board to designate the command trailer as Essential Search Personnel Only. Kurt 2nd the motion and all were in favor.

  • Brenna made a motion to sell the old ATV in its current condition. The motion was 2nd and all were in favor.

  • The board also discussed the need for an enclosed trailer that can be used for a warming/gathering trailer for search personnel and family that is separate from the command trailer. Options for this are being looked into.

Training

  • The tracking training this month went well with approximately 21 people from various agencies in attendance.

  • A meeting training topic was discussed and it was decided that Matt Burkhart would conduct avalanche/winter conditions awareness training.

  • An avalanche level 1 class will take place at a discounted rate on February 9-11.

  • Options for upcoming meeting trainings were discussed. Ideas include an overview of our specialty teams, utilizing your pack training, and K9 training.

Other

  • Holding a Christmas party/dinner for ACSSAR was discussed and will be planned.

  • Medical evaluation and incident forms were discussed. The group talked about how we can utilize these forms more on searches and also discussed making field notebooks that our members could carry in their packs.

Closed Doors

  • New membership status was discussed and 3 new members have been approved.

The meeting was adjourned @ 2130.

In Attendance: Dan Hutchison, Brenna Hutchison, Liberty Boyer, Neil Mathison, Alan Sinicki, Kurt Braisted, Lisa Zezas, Matt Burkhart, Rodney Fought, Bob Meyer.

October 24, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 1900.

General

  • An after action review of the search was conducted.

  • Window hangars/stickers for vehicles will be coming soon.

  • A motion was made by Brenna to order 24 vests from Ski Area Supply. Neil 2nd the motion and all were in favor. An order for sizes will be taken and vests will be ordered.

Finance

  • A monthly summary was given.

    • Donation boxes were discussed.

    • Not much change was reported from the previous month.

Equipment/Gear

  • The need for new dual radio chest harnesses was brought up. Neil made a motion to purchase 6 harnesses and six microphones for the WYOLINK radios. Brenna 2nd the motion and all were in favor. The harnesses will accommodate carrying both the WYOLINK and conventional radios securely.

  • A firehouse subs grant for 10 dry suits is in the works.

  • A motion was made by Brenna do purchase a new propane heater for the command trailer. Alan 2nd the motion and all were in favor. This heater will heat the command trailer better and allow for more room than the current heaters we have.

  • The need for a sign to designate ‘essential search personnel only’ was discussed for the command trailer. Options and pricing are being looked into.

  • Options for a new generator were discussed but this topic was tabled for the time being.

  • The board also discussed the need for an enclosed trailer that can be used for a warming/gathering trailer for search personnel and family that is separate from the command trailer. Options for this are being looked into.

Training

  • CPR/FA/AED trainings are still in the works.

  • Options for upcoming meeting trainings were discussed. Ideas include an overview of our specialty teams, utilizing your pack training, and K9 training.

Other Meetings

  • PAWS team

    • A group of our members discussed the possible need for hypothermia kits and medical kits that could be useful on certain searches.

The meeting was adjourned @ 2128.

ACSSAR Board of Directors Meeting

September 19, 2017

 

The meeting was called to order at 1900.

General

  • Name tags for members as well as the board and officers was discussed. The board hopes the name tags will help everyone get to know each other more effectively.
  • The board spoke with the Sheriff’s office about merging the Wyoming Mounted SAR into ACSSAR and are in favor of having a mounted group within Albany County.
  • Window hangers have been ordered and will be completed soon.
  • Vests for the group have been selected and will be ordered soon. If members are interested in purchasing a vest, a list will be passed around at the general meeting. Extras will be ordered if you wish to purchase one later on. Prices will be confirmed and the info passed onto those who are interested.

Finance

  • Paige gave a monthly summary.
    • ACSSAR received a donation from O’Dwyers from their Tuesday night bingo fundraisers.
    • ACSSAR also received a donation from the Elevation Celebration held in Centennial over the 4th of July.
    • Donation boxes that are distributed around town will be checked and collected this month.

Equipment/Gear

  • CPR Training was discussed and we will be getting updated manuals and other materials.

Training

  • The Land Navigation class was discussed and went well. A field skills day will be held for those who are interested in continuing their land navigation skills, more information to come.
  • Upcoming Training:
    • CPR/FA/AED will be held in the upcoming months
  • A mock search is being planned for November or December.
  • A Tracking class will be held Saturday November 12th @ 0900.
  • A new member class is going to be scheduled in the upcoming weeks. Candidate members needing to complete this class should watch their email for updates regarding the course.
  • Training for the general meeting was discussed and will include back boarding and litter packaging.

The meeting was adjourned @ 2044.

In attendance: Dan Hutchison, Brenna Hutchison, Liberty Boyer, Matt Burkhart, Kurt Braisted, Alan Sinicki, Rodney Fought, Paige Hellbaum, Lisa Zezas.

Dan called the meeting to order at 1903.

General/Other

  • The Wyoming Mounted SAR presented to the board of directors to inquire about merging their existing group into a specialty team/group of ACSSAR. The board plans to work with them to continue along the path of having a mounted SAR group as part of ACSSAR.

  • Mockup’s of SAR window hangers will be evaluated and will be printed soon.

Finance

  • The Jelm Mountain Run fundraiser is set to take place on September 23 at 8am.

  • ACSSAR received $162.67 from Amazon Smile.

Equipment/Gear

  • A work day is planned for August 29 @ 1730 to organize/maintain equipment and trailers.

  • The old ATV trailer will be put up for bid soon.

  • The older ATV’s will be evaluated to determine which one ACSSAR will keep and which one we will sell.

Training

  • A land Navigation Course will take place on September 16th & 17th

  • A NOLS Wilderness First Aid Course is scheduled in January for any members who may be interested.

  • Mike Warren with Big Laramie Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Red Card (wildland fire) class in October for anyone who may be interested.

Policy Changes

  • Brenna made a motion to pass the new ROP’s and Bylaws. Kurt seconded the motion and all were in favor. The motion passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 2100.

In attendance: Liberty Boyer, Brenna Noll, Kurt Braisted, Rodney Fought, Alan Sinicki, Dan Hutchison, Lisa Zezas, Mat Burkhart, Bob Meyer, Wyoming Mounted SAR members: Kathleen, Jim, and David.

 

Outdoor Emergency Care

(Think EMT for the Outdoors)

Sponsored by
Snowy Range Ski Patrol & Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol

Join our team of highly-qualified volunteers

• 10-day commitment per season.
• Great benefits at Snowy Range Ski Area
• Deals on equipment, passes, and more.

Informational meeting will be held August 31st in Laramie.

Informational Flyer

ACSSAR June Board Meeting

June 20, 2017

Dan called the meeting to order at 7:05pm.

Finance

  • Paige announced that tshirts were ordered and have arrived.

  • A few personal check donations were received this month.

  • McAlister Tea fundraiser was discussed, we need a few more volunteers before we can commit to doing this.

  • Elevation celebration was discussed; Lisa is preparing a poster to use at public events like this.

Equipment/Gear

  • Dry suits

    • There is a possibility of getting a grant through Firehouse subs grant to help with the cost of dry suits.

    • We need a better description of what exactly our group needs/wants before applying for the grant.

  • The new 4wheeler trailer needs a new spare tire.

  • Snowmobiles need to be summarized.

  • The condition of the Zodiak was discussed. It will need an AIS permit.

Training

  • A mock search will be held on Sunday June 25.

  • High angle snow field training will be held on July 9th

  • A land navigation class will be held on September 16th/17th. Rodney will book the LFD Station 3 training room.

  • Airlife will do a training with our group in June/July/August

  • We would like to do a Lake recognition training. Paige will head this up and gather the materials needed.

General/Other

  • Dan will talk to Matt about the status of the window hangars.

  • Dan will look into getting mesh vests.

  • The group will not participate in freedom has a birthday but will do Jubilee Days instead.

    • Paige will submit an application for the parade.

  • Thankful Thursday will be mentioned to the group to gauge interest.

  • A motion was made to reimburse Paige and Bob up to 50% for the Joel Hardin tracking class costs. Both were approved.

Policy

  • Policy changes will be sent out to the group again for review.

 

In attendance: Neil, Paige, Dan, Kurt, Bob, Liberty, and Rodney.

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

Officers

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. 

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!

The meeting was called to order at 7pm on November 22, 2016.

Finances

  • High Plains Harriers check came in from the Jelm Mountain Run

  • Wyoming Game and Fish approved our request to place a donation jar at their office.

  • A donation from Basic Beginnings was received.

Equipment/Gear

  • New ATV received more break in hours and still needs one more hour.

Training

  • A new member class will be held on Tuesday December 13th

  • An avalanche level 1 course will be available through the ski patrol and UW Outdoor program. Dates are TBA.

  • Snow mobile training for November general meeting.

  • Inland SAR May 3-4, 2017

General/Other

  • A policy dinner was held on November 15 at 6:30pm.

 

The meeting was adjorned at 8:30pm.

 

In attendance: Bob Meyer, Rodney Fought, Mat Allshouse, Alan Sinicki, Paige Hellbaum, Dan Hutchison, Brenna Noll, Neil Mathison, Lisa Zezas, Kurt Braisted.