Fall 2020 Applicant Information Session
The date has been set for our Fall Applicant Information Session. If you are interested in joining IMSARU, check out the JOIN IMSARU tab on this page, and plan to attend the orientation on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. This one-hour session (held three times per year) will outline what it takes to be a successful volunteer in a Mountain Rescue Association search and rescue team. This orientation is a pre-requisite for applying to join IMSARU. Applications to join will be available at the end of this session.
Thursday September 17th at 6:30PM. 2519 Federal Way, Boise.
2 days ago
Check out the Tech Team training on litter handling and artificial high directionals near Grimes Creek! ... See MoreSee Less
I was SAR air and ground leader
4 days ago
Our next orientation meeting for prospective new members will be at 6:30 pm on September 17, 2020. We will discuss our expectations and you can decide if volunteering with a Search and Rescue Unit will benefit both of us. Commitment and dedication is what we are looking for, not so much talent. We can teach you how to be a great SAR Search Technician.
We invite you come to a meeting (the first four Tuesdays of every month at 7 pm) to allow you to meet us and learn how we function (as long as the pandemic directives allow us to meet in-person. A face mask is required, currently, and we social distance). ... See MoreSee Less
Do we need to sign up in advance?
2 weeks ago
With the Covid restrictions being partially lifted, our mountain bike team made a training run in the Boise foothills on Saturday, June 27th. This team can help the Operations Leader decrease the search area by clearing known travel routes. They are a proven important component of our organization. ... See MoreSee Less
thank you guys!
3 weeks ago
This past weekend our unit was deployed to assist Clearwater County Sheriff's Search and Rescue with a large scale search in their area. The IMSARU team was glad we could contribute to this effort. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you all for the assist! I feel we have made some new friends. The search was suspended last night after 11 days. We will continue to be in the area on a limited basis. Thanks again, Rick
Building a lean-to in three minutes and thirty seconds... ... See MoreSee Less
Check out some of our team members practicing their shelter building skills during our field training this past weekend. ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
One of IMSARU’s earliest members, Bill Jones, donated his personal stash of rescue equipment including the Stokes basket with wheels. Thank you Bill for thinking of the unit! ... See MoreSee Less
3 months ago
At 2:43 pm on March 20th, we were requested by Owyhee County Dispatch to perform a technical rescue for an injured hiker in the Jump Creek area which is about 40 miles west of Boise. We had a stellar turnout with 17 members responding. The basic dispatching information we were acting on was that a 21 y/o male had fallen down the cliffs on the south side of the Jump Creek canyon. He was injured and stranded mid cliff face.
We met with the on-scene Incident Commander (I.C.), the Owyhee County Chief Deputy, as well as Marsing Fire and Marsing EMS at the Jump Creek trailhead at 4:45 pm. The Tech Team deployed along with the Marsing EMS and Fire personnel on 4x4 desert roads in an effort to access the cliffs above the subject. This took longer than expected as all of the back-country roads were still slick and covered in soft mud from the winter thaw.
The terrain consisted of 30 to 55-degree, grass and sage brush covered, hillsides with numerous 25 to 50-foot vertical cliffs spaced throughout the canyon walls. Apparently, the subject and two friends were making their way down the hillside toward Jump Creek Falls, when the subject slipped and fell approximately 30 feet off of one of the cliffs that had another unclimbable cliff below it after a small clearing. This left only an upper level approach to the subject. The two friends stayed in the vicinity of the upper cliff talking to their friend and waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.
The Ten-member Tech Team contacted the two friends, and then were able to make verbal contact with the subject around 7 pm. The Tech Team was able to setup and anchor safely to lava rock formations and rappel over 100 feet to the subject (there were no safe tie-down’s available in the area where the subject directly fell). Upon initial assessment it was determined a rock raise, followed by a helicopter med evac, was the most appropriate action to get him proper medical help in the timeliest manner. The subject appeared to have ankle and wrist injuries as well as facial trauma. St. Alphonsus Life Flight was requested and while the patient was being cared for by IMSARU (Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit), they landed on the temporary LZ (Landing Zone) located on the upper ridge line at around 9:15 pm.
By dark the Tech Team had additionally deployed a litter and a full-body vacuum sprint. Initial stabilization was performed, the subject inserted into the full-body splint and then the litter. The team then started the 100 foot vertical lift. The Tech Team encountered some challenges during accent due to the irregularity of the cliff face and the raise was completed by midnight. The Fat Tire wheel was attached to the litter and with a belay line also attached, the patient was moved up the 45-degree hillside for over 100 feet and loaded into the helicopter for a quick 14 minute flight to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Trauma Center.
The two friends accompanied the IMSARU members off of the hillside as all of the teams were recalled to Base. Everything was loaded up and the full team had returned to the Compound, in Boise, by 2:00am. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you rescue Team!! #Volunteers People may not know the extensive training and risks the team takes, saving others. Great outcome too 👍
That doesnt look like 6 feet
Yall had the same warning as everyone else guess its natural selection at this point
Too bad these hikers didnt wait until next month to attempt this hike.
Stay Home!! You put a lot of people in an unnecessary situation!
You folks are inspiring. Thank you for coming to the rescue with the specially skills you work so hard to keep. It's an honor to have your team on the side of someone in need. We are truly grateful you serve in Idaho.
Go team! You are much appreciated!
I was venting because you guys are out doing stuff risking others lives because of others stupidity
Photos from Sawtooth Avalanche Center's post ... See MoreSee Less
In unity with community guidelines limiting group sizes to 10 or fewer individuals, the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit has suspended non-mission and non-critical activities at this time. We will be encouraging remote training material and will reschedule cancelled meetings. ... See MoreSee Less
Every two years, our team is required to undergo a scenario- based field test in order to maintain our membership and accreditation with the Mountain Rescue Association. Yesterday, IMSARU successfully completed our winter re-certification test! ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations. Great job.
I miss this for sure.I was the " Victim" many moons ago
We had a very well attended Idaho Sportsman's Show at Idaho Expo. The kids loved our "stickers" as did most of their parents. The Hug-A-Tree coloring books were a big hit also. Of course, our suckers put all of the kids on a sugar high much to the delight of their parents. All of the IMSARU team members enjoyed the show and we got to meet a large cross section of the people that make Idaho Great. We had a number of ex-members come by and talk about the "good old days", etc. We had an exceptional number of folks requesting more information about becoming members of SAR and we directed them to our Web site and Facebook page and explained our Orientation Meeting as the first step in moving forward. We want to thank David Beale with Spectra Productions for providing this show space at no cost to IMSARU. See you all NEXT YEAR! ... See MoreSee Less
Just wanted to give another "Thanks" to Dutch Brothers Coffee for the donated coffee during the second cold night of searching for a missing individual 13 months ago. When it is getting late (2230 hrs.) the snow has started to really come down and the wind has picked up to about 18mph sending the chill factor to almost 0, a cup of hot coffee sure helps warm ones body. ... See MoreSee Less
I finally got the dang date straightened out on the completion of the new garage. It was late spring of 1998.
To all of the great folks that are following the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit Facebook page, this video, produced by our Training Director Chris Brookman, shows "How to build an igloo in three minutes" and is a time lapse production. This type of shelter would be utilized when there is a need to stay for an extended time in winter conditions. It may be an injured search subject or even an injured member while the team is stranded due to an unexpected blizzard or other unforeseen circumstances. To most it is called an igloo. We see it as an emergency survival hut. It will help bring us and the subject out of the wilderness. This is the type of training that we, as professional Search and Rescue Personnel, continuously work on. ... See MoreSee Less
Check out our winter shelter training from this past weekend! This overnight event prepares our team to operate safely during challenging winter missions in the back-country. ... See MoreSee Less