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Beaverhead Search and Rescue News

Beaverhead Search and Rescue News

Submitted by Mel Rice, Public Relations


The March meeting of the Beaverhead Search and Rescue was held Wednesday night the 6th.  The meeting was called to order by vice-commander, Shane Puyear, at 7:03 PM.  After roll call and the treasurer’s report, old business was discussed.  There not being much for old business the meeting moved right along into new business.   Adam Norlander, training officer, talked about some training opportunities coming up toward the end of this month and next month. 

The next order of business was to vote on three probationary membesr who have completed their year and are ready to become full- fledged members of the unit.  These individuals are: Charles Warton, Trevor Hyland, and Weston Helle.  Congratulations gentlemen, you have shown through your willingness to participate in many of the activities this last year you are truly interested in the happening of your Beaverhead Search and Rescue.  Welcome aboard.  If you happen to see these hard working men in your travels, please congratulate them and thank them for their volunteer service.

There has only been one search this past month and it turned out to be more of a welfare check than a search.  A gentleman had driven up Thief Creek out of Birch Creek with his camper and pickup.  His intent was to cut firewood and return home after 2 or 3 days.  When he did not return home, the unit was paged to find his whereabouts and determine if he needed assistance.  Everything was fine with him and we were politely asked to leave him alone. 

The meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM and was followed by “Hypothermia” training.  At this time Adam Norlander had a twenty minute presentation on the three stages of hypothermia and how to determine if a victim has developed hypothermia and if so what stage the individual is in.  It was also discussed how to handle the various stages of hypothermia, do’es and don’ts.  This is a very life threatening event and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Even attempting to correct a situation, if done incorrectly, can cause death.  This twenty minute presentation was simply a review and reminder to members that it is a serious event and needs to be addressed properly when encountered… “In the Business of Saving Lives”, your Beaverhead Search and Rescue”.

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