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2021 Applicant Information Sessions

If you are interested in joining the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit, the first step is to attend one of our Applicant Information Sessions. This one-hour meeting (held three times per year) will explain what it takes to be a successful volunteer with IMSARU, and will answer any questions you have about the team. Attending an Information Session is required before applying for membership. Membership applications will be available at the end of the session.

The following Applicant Information Sessions are scheduled for 2021:
Thursday, September 23rd at 6:30pm

Meetings are held in person at our compound: 2519 S Federal Way, Boise Idaho. 

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Something important being shared here. While our unit vehicles are relatively modest in size, they’re still very large and we often need to pull our command trailer.

Bureau of Land Management Fire and U.S. Forest Service fire vehicles are much, much larger and may need to get into trailheads very quickly, especially in our current hot and dry conditions.

Please be thoughtful as you park accessing the trails. Thank you!Can you imagine if you had an emergency at one of the trailheads?

Please park respectfully and legally.
This photo is from last weekend at the Quandary Trailhead with one of our smaller apparatus. We need to be able to pull in, access compartments and gear as well as turn around. We know if it were your emergency you would want us there to help you. Thank you.
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Something important being shared here. While our unit vehicles are relatively modest in size, they’re still very large and we often need to pull our command trailer. 

Bureau of Land Management Fire and U.S. Forest Service fire vehicles are much, much larger and may need to get into trailheads very quickly, especially in our current hot and dry conditions. 

Please be thoughtful as you park accessing the trails. Thank you!

Whether it's urban settings or wilderness, 105º or -10º, blazing sun or waist-high snow...when one of Idaho's agencies calls and asks for help, we come.

The end.Our fellow first responders are some of the best around! Caldwell Fire would like to extend a deep thank you to all the neighboring agencies who helped us with a search and rescue on Sunday. Your assistance was invaluable. And we can’t forget Canyon County Paramedics either!
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Whether its urban settings or wilderness, 105º or -10º, blazing sun or waist-high snow...when one of Idahos agencies calls and asks for help, we come. 

The end.

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Thankyou for your service!

As many of you know, IMSARU is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization, and all of our budget comes from donations and member dues. When we have a need for equipment, it's really exciting for us when businesses step up and offer their products for us to use in the field.

A special thank you to Eagle Peak Canopy for their generous donation of the this high-quality pop-up canopy, shown below in the field deployed on one of our recent missions. We appreciate it very much!

www.eaglepeak.com/
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As many of you know, IMSARU is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization, and all of our budget comes from donations and member dues. When we have a need for equipment, its really exciting for us when businesses step up and offer their products for us to use in the field. 

A special thank you to Eagle Peak Canopy for their generous donation of the this high-quality pop-up canopy, shown below in the field deployed on one of our recent missions. We appreciate it very much!

https://www.eaglepeak.com/

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Thankyou for your service and dedication!

EXCELLENT canopy! Goes up in about a minute and withstood 6-7 mph winds. Highly recommend.

Fantastic work from the Arizona Army National Guard and Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.On May 29th, MCSO Radio received a call from a man who said he had been out in the desert without water for two days. He stated he had an injury to his knee, was unable to continue walking and started a fire signal in the area. GPS coordinates were obtained and MCSO’s Fox 1 responded and quickly located the man lying under a tree.
Tactical Flight Officer McBride, National Guard Sergeant Mills, and volunteer Helicopter Rescue Tech Wright made contact with the injured man and swiftly began life-saving measures after they discovered he was suffering from extreme dehydration, hypotension, and heat exhaustion. Sgt. Mills immediately began an I.V., monitored the patient’s vital signs, and gave a second liter of fluid intravenously to the patient who was becoming more alert.
Gila Bend Fire arrived and transported the patient via ambulance. The combined efforts of our MCSO Aviation Unit, the National Guard, and the volunteer Helicopter Rescue Tech helped save this man’s life. Thank you all for your combined efforts!
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Fantastic work from the Arizona Army National Guard and Maricopa County Sheriffs Office.

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Thankyou for your service and dedication!

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I remember them all every day. I pray for their families to heal and prosper through their loss. I will never forget them ever.💔

Here's a big shout out to our friends and partners at Boise County Sheriff's Office and Air St. Luke's, as well as a reminder to take this current wave of excessive heat very, very seriously when enjoying the outdoors.

Yesterday afternoon, as a consequence of the heat, a mountain biker became seriously ill near the top of the Shingle Creek Trail in the Boise Foothills. Fortunately she was in a group and there was cell service which allowed another member of her party to call for aid.

Her location was difficult to reach by vehicle from any direction, requiring very capable high-clearance vehicles coming from Wilderness Ranch and Boise plus another steep hike from there.

IMSARU was called out and was preparing to assist Boise County services when Air St. Luke's dropped in and said, "we got this!". They landed on a tall ridge approximately 50 yards from the subject, and the flight crew was able to assess the patient, load her safely and transport her to Boise for care.

Bravo Zulu, Air St. Luke's! Thanks for your partnership in helping our community!

(video of the takeoff in the comments below)One of the many challenges of working patrol in Boise County is you have to be flexible and well versed in a multitude of tough disciplines. This is deputy Crawford gearing up to assist EBCAD in getting to a remote patient on a single track trail this morning.

Deputy Crawford would like you to know that he spends many selfless hours making sure he knows how to properly use the various equipment that might be needed on any given day. Thank you deputy Crawford for your great sacrifice. =)

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Heres a big shout out to our friends and partners at Boise County Sheriffs Office and Air St. Lukes, as well as a reminder to take this current wave of excessive heat very, very seriously when enjoying the outdoors. 

Yesterday afternoon, as a consequence of the heat, a mountain biker became seriously ill near the top of the Shingle Creek Trail in the Boise Foothills. Fortunately she was in a group and there was cell service which allowed another member of her party to call for aid. 

Her location was difficult to reach by vehicle from any direction, requiring very capable high-clearance vehicles coming from Wilderness Ranch and Boise plus another steep hike from there. 

IMSARU was called out and was preparing to assist Boise County services when Air St. Lukes dropped in and said, we got this!. They landed on a tall ridge approximately 50 yards from the subject, and the flight crew was able to assess the patient, load her safely and transport her to Boise for care. 

Bravo Zulu, Air St. Lukes! Thanks for your partnership in helping our community! 

(video of the takeoff in the comments below)

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Outstanding teamwork 🇺🇸🇺🇸

What a cool job! So much respect for everyone involved! ❤️

Great teamwork by all!

Thankyou for your service and dedication!

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While we at IMSARU always begin every mission hoping for a happy outcome, that's sadly not always an option. At times, the best we can hope for is assisting a grieving and confused family attain some closure.

Earlier this week Owyhee County Sheriff's Office located a vehicle in the Owyhee Mountains belonging to a subject who had been reported missing in April. An IMSARU team composed of ground searchers, K9 handlers and flankers, and RPT (drone) pilots were dispatched to organize and conduct a search in the vicinity of the abandoned vehicle.

Within 45 minutes of setting off from base, one of the K9 teams had located the subject in a treacherous area requiring a high-angle recovery. Members of our tech team developed a plan and after approximately three careful hours the subject had been recovered and placed in the hands of Owyhee County officials.

The family of the subject was notified of events and expressed gratitude to the teams. We at IMSARU are grateful to our law enforcement partners in Owyhee County for the opportunity to be of some small service to this family– may they achieve a measure of peace in due time.
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Thankyou for your service and dedication!

As the weather warms and the creeks flow more rapidly, it's a good time to be mindful of swiftwater safety considerations, and to recall that even relatively shallow creek crossings can yield potentially life-threatening hazards.

In the early morning of June 18, IMSARU received an urgent mission call for a rescue of a father and son team that had been hiking in the Sawtooths near Grandjean. During what appeared to be a simple crossing, one member of the party had lost his footing and gotten pinned down underwater in deadfall across the creek, known as a strainer entrapment. This is an incredibly serious entrapment, and after much struggling and not a small amount of good fortune, the hiker escaped what could easily have been a fatal circumstance.

Adding to the complexity of the situation, the water running off in the creeks this early in the season is itself dangerously cold, and the combination of exhaustion and early-stage hypothermia left the pair on the opposite side of the creek from safety and unable to advance without help.

The IMSARU rescue team, equipped with swiftwater rescue equipment, was able to reach the pair, assist them in crossing to safety, and they were able to reach their vehicle safely and recover enough to proceed home.

The subjects have proactively shared their amazing Sawtooth hiking experience in video form, and with their permission we're sharing images from the rescue. They have graciously dedicated the video recap to our team, and we're grateful as always for a good outcome and the opportunity to serve.

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As the weather warms and the creeks flow more rapidly, its a good time to be mindful of swiftwater safety considerations, and to recall that even relatively shallow creek crossings can yield potentially life-threatening hazards. 

In the early morning of June 18, IMSARU received an urgent mission call for a rescue of a father and son team that had been hiking in the Sawtooths near Grandjean. During what appeared to be a simple crossing, one member of the party had lost his footing and gotten pinned down underwater in deadfall across the creek, known as a strainer entrapment. This is an incredibly serious entrapment, and after much struggling and not a small amount of good fortune, the hiker escaped what could easily have been a fatal circumstance. 

Adding to the complexity of the situation, the water running off in the creeks this early in the season is itself dangerously cold, and the combination of exhaustion and early-stage hypothermia left the pair on the opposite side of the creek from safety and unable to advance without help. 

The IMSARU rescue team, equipped with swiftwater rescue equipment, was able to reach the pair, assist them in crossing to safety, and they were able to reach their vehicle safely and recover enough to proceed home. 

The subjects have proactively shared their amazing Sawtooth hiking experience in video form, and with their permission were sharing images from the rescue. They have graciously dedicated the video recap to our team, and were grateful as always for a good outcome and the opportunity to serve. 

https://youtu.be/pPxhW6Mv2AcImage attachment

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Great Job, and thankyou for your service!

Great job

Thank you ALL from the depths of my soul for enabling my husband and son to return home to us. We are ETERNALLY grateful. 💕💕💕

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Is that the military version of the EC-145?

Shon Davis

Thankyou Iadho Search & Rescue, for your service and dedication!

This weekend IMSARU and some of our other SAR partners in Idaho trained air operations with the Idaho Army National Guard. Always an honor to train with the Guard and learn some vital skills! Thanks to Rob Shelton for editing the highlight reel! ... See MoreSee Less

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It was a great weekend training with you guys!! Always a pleasure to work with you!!

Can’t wait to get out there with you all again!

Very sad news regarding a brother in the Idaho SAR community. Our deepest condolences to the Forker family and the Snake River Search, Inc. community.Tragedy struck the Snake River Search family today. While on a K9 training, our team member and friend David Forker suffered a medical event. In spite of efforts taken by members on scene, as well as Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, Idaho Falls Fire Department, Air Idaho Rescue, and EIRMC, David succumbed to the medical event. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Forker. ... See MoreSee Less

Very sad news regarding a brother in the Idaho SAR community. Our deepest condolences to the Forker family and the Snake River Search, Inc. community.

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We are so sorry for your loss.

My condolences to the team for the loss!

Very sorry for the team’s loss!

Sincere condolences.

Before too much time had passed since the Memorial Day weekend, we at IMSARU wanted to acknowledge all of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country, including and especially our three recently fallen Idaho National Guard pilots:

Chief Warrant Officer Jesse Anderson
Chief Warrant Officer Geoff Laubhan
Chief Warrant Officer Matt Peltzer

Rest in eternal peace.
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Before too much time had passed since the Memorial Day weekend, we at IMSARU wanted to acknowledge all of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country, including and especially our three recently fallen Idaho National Guard pilots:

Chief Warrant Officer Jesse Anderson
Chief Warrant Officer Geoff Laubhan
Chief Warrant Officer Matt Peltzer

Rest in eternal peace.

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Four of our unit members participated on Monday in the Higher Ground Memorial 5K in Eagle in honor of the pilots mentioned above.

Amen!

Last evening, IMSARU received an urgent callout from Boise County Sheriff's Office for a rescue in the upper Boise Foothills near Stack Rock. A mountain biker had experienced a crash and severely injured his shoulder.

Within an hour of leaving our compound in East Boise our first team had reached the subject and had performed a wilderness medical assessment. From there, the fallen rider was packaged and teams from the 18 members of our unit who responded performed a litter rescue of the subject to the trailhead, where he was safely transported by a family member to the hospital to begin his recovery.

While we always prefer that everyone have the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful outdoors without incident or injury, we're grateful for the opportunity to serve our community, in conjunction with the other public safety agencies in Idaho.
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Great Job 👏

Strong team work

Great work guys!

Well done!

I was the subject and I am extremely grateful for for your service. Every team member there was professional and caring. You guys did an amazing job. My wife and I sincerely appreciate you more than you know. I hope to be back on the trails soon, but looks like I am in for a pretty lengthy recovery.

Great job all!

Outstanding job

Whoever is running the IMSARU social media is doing a fantastic job! I know people in the unit and love seeing updates!

Love this group. So grateful for them. Always do a fund raiser for them for my birthday. My husband wouldn't be here without them. He is doing great by the way. Thank you IMSARU!

Great job! It's good to know you're there if ever I am in distress.

Yall are awesome! Thank you!💪

Will done

This is fantastic! Great job! I hope I don't ever need your services but I endurance ride and it's great to know you're there! ❤

Well done!

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Important advice from our partners from the Boise County Sheriff's Office. UTV/ATVs are incredibly fun and useful tools, especially in this state that we love. But with six different serious injured persons just this past weekend involving ATV/UTVs, including one fatality, it's very important to review general safety steps with friends and family before you head into the backcountry. ... See MoreSee Less

Do you love the outdoors in Idaho? Would you like to support IMSARU directly while doing your daily Amazon shopping online?

IMSARU is approved for donations through Amazon Smile! If you're not familiar with Amazon Smile, all you have to do is to visit smile.amazon.com and in the top left corner, under the Amazon logo, choose "Supporting:..." search for "Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue", and save that choice.

From there, anytime you shop on Amazon, use smile.amazon.com instead of the main Amazon page. A small percentage of your purchase, at no additional cost to you, will be donated to IMSARU by Amazon.

It's a win/win/win!

If you have any issues getting it set up, or if you have any questions, please just use the message button below and we're happy to help.

Thanks so much! We're grateful in advance!
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Do you love the outdoors in Idaho? Would you like to support IMSARU directly while doing your daily Amazon shopping online? 

IMSARU is approved for donations through Amazon Smile! If youre not familiar with Amazon Smile, all you have to do is to visit http://smile.amazon.com and in the top left corner, under the Amazon logo, choose Supporting:... search for Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue, and save that choice. 

From there, anytime you shop on Amazon, use smile.amazon.com instead of the main Amazon page. A small percentage of your purchase, at no additional cost to you, will be donated to IMSARU by Amazon. 

Its a win/win/win! 

If you have any issues getting it set up, or if you have any questions, please just use the message button below and were happy to help. 

Thanks so much! Were grateful in advance!
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