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Search And Rescue
|IMPORTANT RECRUITING ANNOUNCEMENT|
Valley County Search And Rescue is in need of additional volunteers. Staffing for Search And Rescue events is critically low. If you are interested in joining VCSAR, please click here to view our recruitment flyer, or here to start the process to join VCSAR. If you know anyone who would be interested in volunteering to serve with VCSAR, please direct them to this page.
Valley County Search and Rescue (VCSAR) is a volunteer group dedicated to serving the residents and visitors of Valley County, Idaho. Our members search, rescue, and render aid to people in difficulty or distress. We support community events. We also work with neighboring counties, the Idaho State Search and Rescue (ISSAR), and other organizations to provide these services.
The area we serve is a recreation paradise. Valley County is vast and rugged, with over 3700 square miles of tall mountains and deep river canyons. Wildlife is abundant, so hunting and fishing are popular. The county includes a large portion of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, an immense roadless land area. Much of the county is mountainous at high elevation, so a deep winter snowpack offers over 500 miles of snowmobile trails.
The outdoors opportunities, weather, and terrain here all combine to provide many challenges to search and rescue. Our members become experienced to meet those challenges through mentoring, training, and feet-on-the-ground. We search in all weather, from blazing summertime heat in the canyons to deep winter snows and sub-zero temperatures on the mountains. We utilize a diverse set of tools in our searches, from hiking boots to ATVs, snowshoes to snowmobiles. Each search requires a broad range of skills, from comms (radio communications) to navigating unknown terrain with map, compass, and GPS. Due to the rugged terrain and primitive roads, sometimes just getting to the search area is a challenge.
However, big challenges make opportunities for big rewards. Our members have found that the rewards of helping others in Valley County more than compensate for the difficulties we sometimes encounter. We see beautiful scenery. We meet wonderful people. We learn. And we share; our expertise, our time, and our caring.
Please consider a donation to Valley County Search And Rescue, 501(c)3. Click the button below to make a donation quickly, easily, and securely, (PayPal account not required).
Valley County Search And Rescue wants your outdoor activities to be safe and enjoyable. To be prepared in the event that the unexpected happens, Valley County Search And Rescue provides the following recommendations:
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Valley County Search And Rescue meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Donnelly Fire Department, located at 244 West Roseberry in Donnelly.
Completion of the following steps are required as a prerequisite to joining Valley County Search And Rescue:
A registration form is available, and can be found under the Members menu, and expresses your intention to join Valley County Search And Rescue. Additional information on joining Valley County Search And Rescue can be found on the registration page. Please note that the web registration form does is not an application to join Valley County Search And Rescue, and does not replace any of the steps outlined above. It is critically important to note that the web registration form serves only to express your intent to join Valley County Search And Rescue, and prepares an inactive web account, which will only be activated upon the completion of the items outlined above.
Please note that Valley County Search And Rescue call out procedures are based on using SMS Text Messaging technology. Registered members are asked to indicate their cell phone carrier when registering, in order to support generating SMS Text Messaging call outs.