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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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Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue Unit

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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

Idaho’s Brightest Stars Awards Ceremony
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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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Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue Unit

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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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Congratulations!!!

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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

We are at Jefferson Elementary for their Fall Festival, teaching people about search and rescue. Amazing turn out for a great event. ... See MoreSee Less

We are at Jefferson Elementary for their Fall Festival, teaching people about search and rescue.  Amazing turn out for a great event.

If you are at the fair make sure you swing by our booth and buy Hot Buttered Corn. Selling corn at the fair accounts for 1/3 of our yearly budget. We have been selling corn at the fair since 1962. Our booth is staffed by our volunteers, it takes a lot of people to run the booth each day of the fair, with 8-12 people per shift, and two 8 hour shifts each day. ... See MoreSee Less

If you are at the fair make sure you swing by our booth and buy Hot Buttered Corn.  Selling corn at the fair accounts for 1/3 of our yearly budget.  We have been selling corn at the fair since 1962. Our booth is staffed by our volunteers, it takes a lot of people to run the booth each day of the fair, with 8-12 people per shift, and two 8 hour shifts each day.

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Where is the fair?????

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This is the Western Idaho Fair in Boise, ID.

We conducted a field training session on Mission Preparation at our compound. This training covers the aspects of our pageout process, and gives our members a chance to practice preparing personal and unit equipment as well as our vehicles to roll out on a mission response. Special thanks to Tim Flaherty from astegos.org (Astegos.org) for donating lunch to our unit for this training! ... See MoreSee Less

July 4th Mission: Subject activated a PLB on the Kramer trail on the pass near Kramer lake. Custer SAR contacted IMSARU to assist. 10 IMSARU members responded and made their way to Redfish lake. While on route Two Bear Air (out of Montana) was contacted and they sent their helicopter crew down. A 4 person quick response IMSARU team was sent across Redfish lake to start up the trail. Two Bear arrived and was able to extract the subject, the IMSARU quick response team was called back. Subject was in good health and an IMSARU team took the subject back to Boise. The rest of the members arrived back in town just as the fireworks started. Thank you to our volunteer members who missed out on their holiday plans ... See MoreSee Less

July 4th Mission:  Subject activated a PLB on the Kramer trail on the pass near Kramer lake.  Custer SAR contacted IMSARU to assist.  10 IMSARU members responded and made their way to Redfish lake. While on route Two Bear Air (out of Montana) was contacted and they sent their helicopter crew down.  A 4 person quick response IMSARU team was sent across Redfish lake to start up the trail.  Two Bear arrived and was able to extract the subject, the IMSARU quick response team was called back.  Subject was in good health and an IMSARU team took the subject back to Boise.  The rest of the members arrived back in town just as the fireworks started.  Thank you to our volunteer members who missed out on their holiday plans

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Seems to be a popular area for these missions. Glad to see it all worked out good job guys.

God bless you for your service and dedication.

IMSARU winter training 1967 ... See MoreSee Less

We wanted to thank Stitches by KC, who refused payment and donated $100 worth of badges to our unit. ... See MoreSee Less

We wanted to thank Stitches by KC, who refused payment and donated $100 worth of badges to our unit.

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Justin Ahlin

That's fantastic!

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