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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.

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Good dogs!!

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Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue Unit

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Did you know that the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit was officially incorporated in December of 1961? To this day we remain an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue, and mountain safety education.

Check out this picture of some of our founding members and our very first vehicle! After a recent training, a few of our current members decided to pay them a little tribute.
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Did you know that the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit was officially incorporated in December of 1961? To this day we remain an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue, and mountain safety education. 

Check out this picture of some of our founding members and our very first vehicle! After a recent training, a few of our current members decided to pay them a little tribute.Image attachment

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Wow better truck than when I was there

In the first photo, I think that’s Fred Weber driving correct?

My grandpa & dad volunteered in the 70s & 80s. We had a bloodhound, they practiced eith her using all the kids in the family.

We presented our Navigation Program to members of Troop 673, Girl Scouts of Silver Sage. We did the classroom session on Friday, July 17th, and the hands on today July 20th. The Troop members were quick learners and had a good grasp of basic compass and map workings by the end of both sessions. We would like to thank the Troop of Service Unit 62 for inviting us to present this wilderness informational program. ... See MoreSee Less

Base-camp training near the High Bridge today! Thanks to all our members who attended and helped proctor stations! ... See MoreSee Less

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I miss my years serving with these wonderful people!

As many of you may know, IMSARU will not be operating the corn booth this year due to the cancellation of the Western Idaho State Fair. We would like to thank Volcanic Farms (@VolcanicFarms), the supplier of our delicious corn each year, for allowing us to apply the deposit we paid for this year’s corn to next year. We encourage our friends and supporters to patronize Volcanic Farms produce at their store on Hwy. 55 in Horseshoe Bend (next to the Chevron station). See you at the fair next year. Volcanic Farms ... See MoreSee Less

As many of you may know, IMSARU will not be operating the corn booth this year due to the cancellation of the Western Idaho State Fair. We would like to thank Volcanic Farms (@VolcanicFarms), the supplier of our delicious corn each year, for allowing us to apply the deposit we paid for this year’s corn to next year. We encourage our friends and supporters to patronize Volcanic Farms produce at their store on Hwy. 55 in Horseshoe Bend (next to the Chevron station). See you at the fair next year. Volcanic Farms

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So can we purchase volcanic farms corn elsewhere?

Really love that corn

This was literally the best part of the fair....

Time to come up with a new fundraising idea?????

Some of my favorite Times was working the corn booth with George and Charlotte gun. We had so much fun

Maybe you guys could still get some corn and sell it on the roadside? I know that is a major source on your operating expenses for the year. I would be willing to pay a premium if I knew the profits were going to IMSARU!

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Check out the Tech Team training on litter handling and artificial high directionals near Grimes Creek! ... See MoreSee Less

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I was SAR air and ground leader

Nice job

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).
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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).

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Do we need to sign up in advance?

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

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.

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thank you guys!

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

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Beautiful country!

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

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Check out some of our team members practicing their shelter building skills during our field training this past weekend. ... See MoreSee Less

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

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!

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.
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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

Sounds good

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

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