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.

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.

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



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

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