The Beaverhead Search and Rescue held its monthly meeting Wednesday, April 12, at the S&R building. Vice commander Shane Puyear called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with 28 members in attendance. There was one guest attending.
The main order of business for the night was discussion about various trainings coming up and completed training. There were 8 members who attended a training “Managing a Lost Person Incident”. Those who participated in the training were: Kolby Malesich, Steve Mock, Adam Norlander, Chuck Maddox, Joe Reyes, Jamie Trivette, Trevor Hyland, and Julia Clark. The program included both classroom work and practical training. The entire course was 32 hours, encompassing Friday evening, and all day Saturday and Sunday. The unit will have another opportunity to get “Swift Water Training” with the Ruby Valley SAR unit May 12, 13, and 14. This training is usually done on the Big Hole River which could be very interesting with lots of water this year.
On June 10th and 11th we will hold our annual family camp out training. During this time there will be multiple training opportunities for members ranging from rope extrication, compass, gps, and map work, to water rescues and more. It is a great way to become more acquainted with members and their families and fulfill training requirements for members.
The last rescue the unit had was in the Reservoir Creek area. A middle aged man and woman had gone out for a side x side ride when they became stuck and could not dig their way out. They started walking out and called 911 for assistance. Both individuals were located by members of Beaverhead S&R and safely brought out.
April is the BVHD Search and Rescue’s month to cook for the Elk’s Stag Night. This event will be April 19th. Come on down and enjoy a good steak dinner and great comradery.
The only other order of business for the night was the approval to pour a cement pad in front of one of our bay doors that houses the portable command post. The meeting was adjourned a little before 8:00.
With the warm weather we had had, snow conditions and ice conditions have changed drastically. Please be cautious when venturing out and as we have seen this week’s weather conditions change in a hurry. Winter is still lingering and can present some real hardships out there if not careful. Always be prepared for whatever may come your direction. “In the Business of Saving Lives” your Beaverhead Search and Rescue.
Submitted by: Mel Rice-Public Relations Officer