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.

July 1, 2015

At approximately 7:35pm Wednesday July 1st, ACSSAR was requested to assist the Albany County Sheriff’s Office in a search for a lost hiker near Medicine Bow Peak. Four teams were deployed through the night consisting of 14 ACSSAR members and 2 ACSO Deputies. The lost subject was located around 4am near Reservoir Lake and helped back to the trailhead around dawn. The subject was was cold but able to walk out on her own with guidance from the rescuers.

Many of those involved in the rescue had been practicing High Angle Rescue at Vedauwoo that evening and were able remobilize quickly for the search 60 miles west.





-    On Monday afternoon (060815) the Albany County Sheriff’s Office received a call for assistance in the Vedauwoo campground area. It was reported that an 11 year old boy had become stranded in a precarious location while climbing on a rock formation.  
-    Upon arrival of Deputies, they determined that High Angle climbers from the office were required to assist the boy down from his position.
-    Experienced climbers from the Wyoming State Patrol, and Albany County Search and Rescue also responded to assist if needed.  
-    Climbers were eventually able to bring the boy down to safety with no injuries
-    This is the Sheriff’s office first High Angle rescue this spring. Rescues are common in the same general throughout this spring and summer.
-    The Sheriff’s office would like to remind recreational climbers to be aware of the locations that they place themselves in which results in have to be rescued.  Even experienced climbers with the proper equipment and experience, will at times become injured. If stranded please remain calm and know rescuers are on their way. It is highly recommended that no one attempt to climb in the area without a friend or companion.
-    No matter the situation, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office will always respond to assist. Please call 307-721-2526 or 911 if you need of assistance of any kind.


Robert J. DeBree
Albany County Sheriff’s Office


Board Meeting Agenda May 19th 2015

Old Business

  • Fundraising Letter – Brenna, Matt
    • presented for review
  • Goals for the year
    • equipment updates
      • ATVs – get them running, then auction, purchase new (2)
      • generator for the incident command trailer
      • projector – CPR, meetings
    • training
      • mountain bike training
      • continue increasing quality and quantity
        • increase overall percentage of participation
    • organizational
      • fund raising/grants
      • update ROPs and Bylaws
      • organize officer positions
      • set training standards
  • Business Cards – For New Officers and Board
    • handed out
  • Storage Shed @ SO SAR Building – Chris/Dan
    • still sorting out – semiannual meeting with O’Malley and Beeston coming up
  • Safety Deposit Box for Important Records now in Mike and Vicki
    • ACPE has one safety deposit box for $23/year
    • Matt proposes, Kurt seconds, all in favor of safety deposit box
    • $40 fireproof safe box
  • Lusk Search Discussion
    • Dan talked to Brian Zerbe again today
    • camping available
    • help w/ command and IC (support roles) – they will welcome help
    • don’t need help setting up ahead of time
    • 60-80 people involved
    • need Wyolink type radios
  • Red Cross LTP -  Instructor class July 11-12
  • Dog Show
    • contract signed and returned
    • Matt contacted WyoTech about volunteers – hasn’t heard back
    • still need more people in a few slots
  • Training –
    • New Member orientation
      • Another for May/June – decide @ next meeting
      • Jason going to email members who need this class to start arranging dates
    • CPR/First Aid Class - June
  • Bylaws and ROPs
    • Officer position descriptions
    • new member orientation/interview
    • Snowmobile usage policy
    • High Angle policy
    • work on during dog show, revisit at next board meeting

New Business

  • New location at SAR building
    • SO purchased chairs and 2 x 60” tvs (holding off on purchasing projector for now)
  • Budget – Paige
    • Dan to follow up on Eppson Center CPR class bill
  • Trailers
    • ATV Trailer need plates/tags – Title?
    • Four Place snowmobile need to be sold or fixed?
      • Matt motions get whatever money we can by selling it or scrapping it, reserve of $50, Brenna seconds, all in favor
    • Command Trailer
      • Radio Updates - Cy
      • Use by S/O as a command trailer for hostage negotiation?
        • proposal to let them use it, but establish an MOU first – Brenna motions, Matt seconds, all in favor
    • Small enclosed trailer repurpose for Swift-water
      • Clean out junk, paint floor
      •  What to do with the following:
        • Hitch Rack
          • Kurt motions to sell with trailer, Brenna seconds, all in favor - $50 reserve
        • Christmas stuff
        • Horse gear – Todd?
        • Matt moves to donate decorations to any member who wants them or Salvation army, and to let Todd hold onto the horse gear, Kurt seconds, all in favor
  • Freedom Has a Birthday
    • see level of interest/availability from group
  • City Wellness Day - June 9th
    • decision not to participate this year
  • Managing the lost Person Incident (MLPI) Class w/ SEWSAR
    • discussion to approach Spencer about other potential classes
  • Continuing  Swift water grant and Scenario
    • received nearly $7000 in equipment through EMA grant
    • would like to continue scenarios/training, and additional equipment available through grants for shortcomings
      • wet suits, dry suits
      • Rescue 3 training
  • Mock Searches
    • Chris going to help with August mock search
  • Attendance Update
    • overall improvement
  • Team Paging in Paging System
    • High Angle
    • others?
      • swiftwater
      • snowmobiles
      • K9s
      • tracking

Upcoming Training in the Area

May Meeting – High Angle         

  • brief crime scene awareness review?

Saturday, May 30th

  • Lusk Training Multi agency

June 12th-14th - JHPTS Tracking Lusk

June 13th-14th - Land Nav w/ Russell Clark

Summer Training Schedule

Policy Changes/Additional Requirements

  • High Angle – Basic SOP’s

ACSSAR is now meeting at the Sheriff's Office SAR building for our monthly meetings. The meeting time and date will remain the same, 7 pm the last Tuesday of the month.

The meeting began with a reading of the minutes from the April board meeting. Paige conducted a financial report, and Dan discussed upcoming training events and activities. This included the high angle refresher on May 13, the fifth grade safety day on May 18, the dog show fundraiser May 23-25, the May monthly meeting, the Lusk multi-agency exercise on May 30, and the tracking practice with Larimer County SAR also on May 30. Changes to the paging system were discussed as well. The new officers and board members each introduced themselves, as did every attendee of the meeting. Harold moved to adjourn, Paige seconded, and all were in favor. Swift water rescue training commenced. Members practiced throwing throw-bags outside toward the end of the meeting.

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 


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!

Sheriff’s Office Deputies
  Ground Teams –
  K9 Team –
  Snowmobile Team – 

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.
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
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
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.