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.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (June 9, 2015)
- 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
Upcoming Training in the Area
May Meeting – High Angle
Saturday, May 30th
June 12th-14th - JHPTS Tracking Lusk
June 13th-14th - Land Nav w/ Russell Clark
Summer Training Schedule
Policy Changes/Additional Requirements
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.
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
(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
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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.
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: email@example.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
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.