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  • Junior Program

    Posted on Apr 28, 2017 12:07 AM UTC

           VALLEY COUNTY SEARCH & RESCUE JUNIOR PROGRAM
    Valley County Search and Rescue is starting a Junior Search and Rescue program.  This program is open to young men and women age 16 and older.  
    Junior members will be trained on conducting searches for missing people, downed aircraft, and work alongside senior members conducting these searches and working community events consisting of traffic control at parades, Aid stations for the 4 Summit challenge and snowmobile fun runs and training.

    The junior program will also have its own Board of Directors and conduct business as a separate unit with the direction of senior advisors.      
    Join the Junior Unit and be a part of a great organization dedicated to helping people and giving back to the community.

    Email to vcsar@valleycountysar.org with your name and address and request an application or go to our web site, www.valleycountysar.org, click on VCSAR and select Contact VCSAR and request an application.

    A VCSAR member will send you an application by email or mail.  Which ever you request.  Fill out the application and return to the address listed on the application.                  

    Valley County Search And Rescue - News, article #14, posted by Larry Scarborough

  • Avalanche Rescue

    Posted on Feb 13, 2017 3:32 AM UTC

    Called Out Saturday Feb. 11 at 1:30pm.  Snowmobiler caught in a cornice collapse and fell over 200 ft down South East of Fisher Saddle 7 miles SE of Hazard Lake.  Other snowmobilers with him couldn’t see any sign of him.  Two went for help and found a Forest Service LEO patrolling the area.

    Lifeflight was called in.  They flew the area and finally located the subject.  They were unable to land or get close to the person.

    A helicopter with a hoist was called in,(2Bear Air).  Meanwhile two members of McCall Fire/Ems hiked into the subject from Granit Lake.  Took them almost an hour to get to him.

    2 Bear Air arrived at 5pm and hoisted the person out and took him to McCall Airport to a waiting Lifeflight Unit.

    You can watch a video of the rescue made by the 2 Bear Air chopper during thee rescue at https://www.facebook.com/groups/386307188152556/.

    This incident was totally a freak accident.  The snowmobilers stopped to take some photos of the area.  One subject walked about 2 ft from his machine and the cornice broke off and took him down the hill.  He rode this most of the way down then got covered with the Avalanche.  He was able to move the snow off him but could not get out.

    This person was also not prepared for the elements.  He was dressed in jeans and a snow jacket but no snowmobile suit and did not have an avalanche beacon with him.  If the snow would have kept him covered it would have taken hrs or even days to find him.

    Remember, when going out, no matter how nice the weather is, dress properly and always carry an Avalanche beacon.  Both could save your life.








    Valley County Search And Rescue - News, article #13, posted by Larry Scarborough

  • Stranded Snowmobilers

    Posted on Jan 10, 2017 5:31 AM UTC

    Called Out on Dec.30th to assist Adams County in locating three snowmobilers that became stranded on Granit Mountain.  Adams County spend Friday night out and was unable to locate the three.
    The three were located about noon.  Were very cold but ok.

    Valley County Search And Rescue - News, article #12, posted by Larry Scarborough

  • Out of Bounds Skiers

    Posted on Jan 05, 2017 6:26 PM UTC

    Called out Saturday Dec. 24th for two skiers and one snowboarder that went out of bounds on the East side of Brundage Ski Resort.  They were on Bear Run Rd. and could not find their way out.  
    While mobilizing a SAR member that is also with Brundage Ski Patrol snowmobiled down to the three and escorted them back to Brundage.

    Valley County Search And Rescue - Lieutenant News, article #11, posted by Larry Scarborough

  • Stranded Snowmobilers

    Posted on Dec 18, 2016 2:32 AM UTC

    Called out Wednesday night Dec.14th to locate two snowmobilers stranded on the Jeep Trail Rd on West Mountain.  Team headed out at 1125pm.  Snowmobilers were found at 0140am and escorted out. Both were in good shape.
    They started riding at 10am Wed. morning. They went up the Jeep Trail Rd on the West Side of West Mountain.  This is a snowmobile trail but had not yet been groomed.  Snow came down very heavy all day.
    Four snowmobilers started out and snowmobiled all day.  It turned dark with heavy snow falling which obscured vision.  Two of the four noticed that the other two were not behind them.  They turned around and found the other two stick.  They took the GPS location and started down the hill to get help.  They arrived at the Grooming Shed on West Mountain Rd. and left a note there with the GPS location of the other two.  They then headed back up.  They were unable to locate the other two and came back to the grooming shed.
    The two subjects had a cell phone, which they used to contact Sheriff’s Dispatch, and material to start a fire.  Both of these helped keep these to subjects from being a statistic.

    A Winter Advisory was in effect at the time the four started out calling for 12+ inches at the higher elevation.  This should have been a warning for them not to go up the hill.  It was further hampered that they did not start back until it was getting dark.

    It is very important for snowmobilers, and skiers, to carry a cell phone and material to start a fire.  Sheriff’s Dispatch can get a persons location when they call in on 911.  This greatly reduces the amount of time it takes to locate someone.

    Valley County Search And Rescue - Lieutenant News, article #10, posted by Larry Scarborough

  • Call Out Procedure

    Posted on Sep 07, 2016 2:43 PM UTC

    Just a reminder.
    When we have a call out and you get the message hours later and we are not in cell phone service please call our Satellite phone.  
    This phone will be set up at every search where we do not have cell service.

    Valley County Search And Rescue - Member News, article #9, posted by Larry Scarborough

  • Going Out

    Posted on Sep 07, 2016 2:31 PM UTC

    Have a plan. Leave a note letting your friends and loved ones know what that plan is. When you’re leaving, where you’re going and when you expect to return. This could be the difference between life and death!

    Valley County Search And Rescue - Lieutenant News, article #8, posted by Larry Scarborough

  • Sept. 3, 2016 Search
  • Amateur Radio License Study Course And Exam - Sat. Sept. 10, 2016

    Posted on Aug 18, 2016 11:53 PM UTC

    Valley County Search And Rescue performs a substantial amount of Public Service activities.  For these activities, communications cannot be conducted on Public Safety communications infrastructure (i.e. Public Safety Repeaters).  

    The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club makes its communications infrastructure available to those Valley County Search And Rescue members, who hold a current Amateur Radio license, available to support VCSAR Public Service and SAR activities.  This opportunity affords VCSAR with substantial communications capability for Public Service activities.

    Approximately 1/3 of the VCSAR membership has obtained their Amateur Radio license.  If you are interested in obtaining your Amateur Radio license so that you can participate in communications during VCSAR Public Service activities, please visit the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club web-site.

    The final opportunity to attend a study and exam session in 2016 will be on Saturday, September 10th, with the session being held at the First Bank in McCall.  Another opportunity may not occur until spring of 2017.

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

    Valley County Search And Rescue - Member News, article #6, posted by Ray Montagne

  • Survival Skills

    Posted on Mar 25, 2016 3:50 PM UTC

    Good website containing Outdoor Wilderness Survival Skills

    www.wilderness-survival-skills.com

    Valley County Search And Rescue - Training Officer News, article #2, posted by Mark Tapscott

  • Welcome to the New Valley County Search And Rescue Web Site

    Posted on Dec 08, 2014 12:14 AM UTC

    Welcome to the New Valley County Search And Rescue (VCSAR) Web Site.  This site presents resources and information regarding the Valley County Search And Rescue organization, and provides a web application for managing member qualifications, member equipment, Valley County Search And Rescue assets, and Valley County Search And Rescue incident management.

    As with all things new, despite extensive testing, there may be some undiscovered issues with the web site.  If you discover a problem, please use the Contact VCSAR web form and tell us about the issue you experienced.  Please include a detailed description, and, if possible, steps to reproduce the issue.

    Valley County Search And Rescue - Web Application Developer News, article #1, posted by Ray Montagne