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Spring 2020 Applicant Information Session

The date has been set for our Spring Applicant Information Session. If you are interested in joining IMSARU, check out the JOIN IMSARU tab on this page, and plan to attend an orientation on Thursday, May 21st 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 May 21st at 6:30PM. 2519 Federal Way, Boise.

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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

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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

We had a very well attended Idaho Sportsmans 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!Image attachment

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

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.

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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

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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

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Idaho’s Brightest Stars Awards Ceremony
Hosted by
The Governor’s Commission on Service & Volunteerism

Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne and the Governor’s Coordinating Council for Families and Children established the Governor’s Brightest Star Awards in 2001, in partnership with the Association of Idaho Cities, to recognize Idaho’s “unsung heroes” who volunteer tirelessly on behalf of children and families. In 2015 the name was changed from “Governor’s Brightest Stars” to “Idaho’s Brightest Stars”.

This year, under the category of “Nonprofit/Civic Organization, Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue was nominated as one of the finalists. The official program description stated “Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit (IMSARU) is an entirely volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue and mountain safety education. Volunteers at IMSARU have helped children learn safe ways to maneuver in the wilderness and what to do if lost. They’ve educated adults on navigation, saved lives, found lost people, and provided a valuable human resource for local sheriff departments. IMSARU wants to help Idahoan’s safely enjoy the outdoors and come to the rescue in cases where that has not been the outcome.”

The presentation this year was held at the Boise State Student Union Building on Wednesday, January 15th. Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin presented each nominee, in each category, with a certificate honoring the commitment that they or their organization gave to the citizens of Idaho. Although Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit was not the final selection in our category, we were proud to have been nominated and selected as a finalist by the Appointed Commission Members.

We were represented at this gala presentation by President Mike Rowe, Secretary Dodi Newbill, Public Relations Director Ken Swickard, and member Vicki Swickard.
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Idaho’s Brightest Stars Awards Ceremony
                                              Hosted by
              The Governor’s Commission on Service & Volunteerism

Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne and the Governor’s Coordinating Council for Families and Children established the Governor’s Brightest Star Awards in 2001, in partnership with the Association of Idaho Cities, to recognize Idaho’s “unsung heroes” who volunteer tirelessly on behalf of children and families.  In 2015 the name was changed from “Governor’s Brightest Stars” to “Idaho’s Brightest Stars”.

This year, under the category of “Nonprofit/Civic Organization, Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue was nominated as one of the finalists.  The official program description stated “Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit (IMSARU) is an entirely volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue and mountain safety education.  Volunteers at IMSARU have helped children learn safe ways to maneuver in the wilderness and what to do if lost.  They’ve educated adults on navigation, saved lives, found lost people, and provided a valuable human resource for local sheriff departments.  IMSARU wants to help Idahoan’s safely enjoy the outdoors and come to the rescue in cases where that has not been the outcome.”

The presentation this year was held at the Boise State Student Union Building on Wednesday, January 15th.  Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin presented each nominee, in each category, with a certificate honoring the commitment that they or their organization gave to the citizens of Idaho.  Although Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit was not the final selection in our category, we were proud to have been nominated and selected as a finalist by the Appointed Commission Members. 

We were represented at this gala presentation by President Mike Rowe, Secretary Dodi Newbill, Public Relations Director Ken Swickard, and member Vicki Swickard.Image attachment

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IMSARU was in the Granite Creek area conducting our yearly avalanche rescue training for our team members! The foundation of avalanche safety is prevention and preparedness. This training provides our team with the skills necessary to recognize and avoid avalanche hazards, as well as locate and rescue buried avalanche victims. ... See MoreSee Less

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Cool that you are getting great training. Which color coat are you!

IMSARU received the Non-Profit of the year award. ... See MoreSee Less

IMSARU received the Non-Profit of the year award.

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Nice. Would have loved to go see this event.....

Angelina Weber-Kaufman...

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This month was navigation trailing. We cover map & compass, gps, triangulation, and efficient travel. A map is only as good as its user. ... See MoreSee Less

This month was navigation trailing.  We cover map & compass, gps, triangulation, and efficient travel.  A map is only as good as its user.Image attachment
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