Beaverhead Search and Rescue News
Submitted by: Mel Rice-Public Relations Officer
On the evening of May 4th the Beaverhead Search and Rescue held it monthly meeting. It was called to order at 7:05 by commander Lawrence Morriroe. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved with no additions or deletions. Brian Vinson, co-treasurer, gave his report on the financial situation of the unit. Guest and new probationary members were introduced. New probationary members include James Matthews, Daniel Wyatt, and Rhiannon Kalsta. Probationary members serve for one year as members without voting rights. At the end of the year they are reviewed based on their participation and either become full members or be gone. At the present time we have 58 active members of our allotted 60 members.
Nate Freeman, who is stepping down as training officer, gave his report on up and coming training opportunities. There will be swift water training on the Big Hole River on May 14th, 15th, and 16th. At our next month’s meeting members will receive training in self-defense. The unit tries to have a summer camp out each year where we have training opportunities in several areas. This was discussed with the expectations of getting back to it after the covid shutdown.
Each unit member is on one of 5 standing committees within the organization. During the meeting these members gathered in their respective committees for a short breakout session. The chair of each committee then reported back to the unit with recommendations. Committees include: training, building and grounds, equipment, membership, and fundraising. There were a few recommendations that prompted lengthy discussion.
It turned out to be a rather long evening with adjournment at 9:00. It is looking like spring might be just around the corner along with the opening of fishing season. These spring squalls can mean radical temperature changes and other weather conditions. Please make sure you are prepared for unexpected changes when going out. When out in boats remember the water is still frigid and it doesn’t take long for hypothermia to raise its ugly head. Have a great time out there and enjoy the bounties of Beaverhead County.
Once again we went through another month without any incidents. But remember, Beaverhead Search and Rescue is “In the Business of Saving Lives”. Don’t let it be yours, but if and when it is, know we will be there …..