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2022 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 2022:

Thursday September 22nd at 6:00pm

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

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The Tech Team had some fun today building, pull testing, and breaking snow anchors near Mores Creek Summit. Our strongest didn't budge with over 8kN of force applied! ... See MoreSee Less

At IMSARU we're always willing to help members of the Idaho outdoors community, as an all-volunteer organization. We're especially grateful for local companies like Telaya Wine Co when they spend time helping us spread the word about our mission and raise funds for our non-profit budget.

Thank you so much and please attend the event this coming Friday if you can!Lauren learned about Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue Unit the hard way—by receiving their assistance in a time of need. IMSARU’s brave volunteers donate countless hours to training, education, and rescue missions across some of Idaho’s most difficult terrain. Luckily, her family’s story had a happy ending thanks to the diligent and brave work being done by IMSARU and other SAR groups in the region. Lauren was immensely grateful for their assistance and is thrilled to be supporting IMSARU for her Sip2Give on Friday, March 4th.

Join us in the tasting room or purchase online to support IMSARU. We are donating 10% of all wine sales.

#IdahoWine #IdaHome #IdahoMade #SipLocal #SupportLocal #ShopLocal #VisitIdaho #VisitBoise #TelayaTribe #DrinkTelaya #ThisIsBoise #DrinkLocal #Boise #DrinkIdahoWines #ExploreIdaho #VisitIdaho #TreasureValley #GardenCityIdaho #WineTasting #ShopBoise
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At IMSARU were always willing to help members of the Idaho outdoors community, as an all-volunteer organization. Were especially grateful for local companies like Telaya Wine Co when they spend time helping us spread the word about our mission and raise funds for our non-profit budget. 

Thank you so much and please attend the event this coming Friday if you can!

19 IMSARU members participated in winter shelter training this weekend, building and spending a night in snow shelters near Mores Creek Summit. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks for all you do!

Good job you all. 🙂

Brings back memories of the time we did the training in the 90s at bull trout Was with igloos it was pretty cool

What?! No igloos this year??? 😂

Nice job, and thanks!

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In the early evening of January 7, IMSARU received a callout from Boise County Sheriff's Office to assist with a vehicle that was under the water in the Main Payette River alongside ID-55 north of Gardena. Witnesses said there may have been as many as three passengers in the vehicle when it went over the side of the road and plunged into the water dozens of feet below.

23 members of the unit responded to our compound. A team of members who are certified as Swiftwater Rescue Technicians mounted a hasty effort to get to the scene as quickly as possible to assist. On arriving we learned from Idaho State Police that the vehicle had been submerged for an extended period of time.

IMSARU's Operations Lead formed swiftwater and technical safety teams to begin the process of recovering the vehicle and its occupants. We had been joined by a dive team from Ada County Sheriff's Office and made a plan to provide the diver with the ability to lower into the river upstream of the vehicle and to tether him in place against the current, which is far too strong for a diver to swim against.

IMSARU teams rigged ropes across the river upstream for safety and anchoring and had downstream safety teams ready in case any rescue personnel needed to be pulled from the river. Using a specialized inflatable raft, the diver was placed into the water and maintained in place while he affixed the heavy winch rigging to the vehicle. In a high current and with large chunks of ice battering him below the water, the diver safely attached the vehicle to the tow rigging and with the aid of IMSARU safety teams was safely extracted from the water.

All rescue teams were removed from the area for safety. The vehicle, a full-size pickup truck, was then pulled to the road level by a specialized tow truck. At that time it was discovered that the truck had a lone occupant, the driver, who sadly did not survive the incident. We at IMSARU offer our deepest condolences to the subject’s family for their loss.

We wanted to thank the team from ACSO for their incredible collaboration in quickly putting together a plan and executing it impeccably. Also, we thank BCSO and ISP for their partnership in calling us to help in situations like this. It's an honor to serve our community as we do on an all-volunteer basis.
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In the early evening of January 7, IMSARU received a callout from Boise County Sheriffs Office to assist with a vehicle that was under the water in the Main Payette River alongside ID-55 north of Gardena. Witnesses said there may have been as many as three passengers in the vehicle when it went over the side of the road and plunged into the water dozens of feet below. 

23 members of the unit responded to our compound. A team of members who are certified as Swiftwater Rescue Technicians mounted a hasty effort to get to the scene as quickly as possible to assist. On arriving we learned from Idaho State Police that the vehicle had been submerged for an extended period of time. 

IMSARUs Operations Lead formed swiftwater and technical safety teams to begin the process of recovering the vehicle and its occupants. We had been joined by a dive team from Ada County Sheriffs Office and made a plan to provide the diver with the ability to lower into the river upstream of the vehicle and to tether him in place against the current, which is far too strong for a diver to swim against. 

IMSARU teams rigged ropes across the river upstream for safety and anchoring and had downstream safety teams ready in case any rescue personnel needed to be pulled from the river. Using a specialized inflatable raft, the diver was placed into the water and maintained in place while he affixed the heavy winch rigging to the vehicle. In a high current and with large chunks of ice battering him below the water, the diver safely attached the vehicle to the tow rigging and with the aid of IMSARU safety teams was safely extracted from the water. 

All rescue teams were removed from the area for safety. The vehicle, a full-size pickup truck, was then pulled to the road level by a specialized tow truck. At that time it was discovered that the truck had a lone occupant, the driver, who sadly did not survive the incident. We at IMSARU offer our deepest condolences to the subject’s family for their loss. 

We wanted to thank the team from ACSO for their incredible collaboration in quickly putting together a plan and executing it impeccably. Also, we thank BCSO and ISP for their partnership in calling us to help in situations like this. Its an honor to serve our community as we do on an all-volunteer basis.Image attachment

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Love to see collaboration working as it should.

Thank you for your dedication and service!

Thank you IMSARU! Your hard work and service to the surrounding communities is very appreciated!

GOOD JOB!

Great work gentlemen.

Thank you for the efforts by all responders.

Wow, you guys are awesome! 👏 Great job!

Wow. What an operation and sad ending. We could see where the truck went off on our way home from Cascade. Dangerious operation getting it and the occupant out of the river.

Thanks for all that you do!

Thank you for what you all do.

RIP. Outstanding work gents. As always, stay safe. Plan the dive, dive the plan✊🏻💯🙏🏻

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Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit (IMSARU) is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that does not charge for its services. IMSARU relies primarily on donations to finance its operations. We would like to gratefully acknowledge our donors from the fourth quarter of 2021, which include:

Alisa Rettschlag
Arthur Carlson
Ken Swickard
Leslie Ann Tengelsen in the name of Madonna Lengerich
Matthew Ward
Richard Incelli
Rodney Zwainz
Sean Tierney
Capitol Gypsies
Forever Idaho Southwest Fund of the Idaho Community Foundation
Treasure Valley Givers
Donors via Facebook
Donors via the Benevity Giving Platform
Donors via Amazon Smile
Donors via Fred Meyer Rewards
Donors via Idaho Gives
Anonymous donors
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We at IMSARU wanted to wish Charlotte Gunn a very happy birthday! Charlotte again turned 29 and holding yesterday, January 1.

Please join us in wishing Charlotte all the best!Earlier this evening IMSARU had its annual award ceremony. Among those was a new and very special award, called the Charlotte Gunn Women in SAR Award, given to Charlotte herself.

Charlotte has selflessly served IMSARU and all of the State of Idaho as a member of the unit for more than 46 years. She first joined the unit back in 1973, and has served in many different capacities actively, including being the unit's very first EMT.

Please join all of us at IMSARU in thanking Charlotte for her service, leaving a comment below.
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We at IMSARU wanted to wish Charlotte Gunn a very happy birthday! Charlotte again turned 29 and holding yesterday, January 1. 

Please join us in wishing Charlotte all the best!

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Happy Birthday Charlotte!

Happy Birthday Charlotte.

Happy Birthday Charlotte, you are a mentor to many!

Congratulations Charlotte!

A very happy birthday Charlotte I remember you and George helping me get involved years ago and working in the corn booth with you. Blessings on your special day

Happy Birthday Charlotte!

Happy birthday Charlotte!

Congrats Charlotte and happy birthday from Lee and I!

Thank you Charlotte. Happy birthday and big hugs to you!

Congrats!

Hi Charlotte, have a happy birthday!

We could not have had any better mentors than you and George!

Happy birthday Charlotte!

Happy birthday Charlotte you're amazing! Wishing you the best day. Congratulations 👏🎉

Happy Birthday Charlotte!

Happy Birthday Charlotte. I hope you had a great day!

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On Wednesday, December 22, at approximately 7:00 PM, IMSARU was called by Boise local EMS to assist Idaho State Police and Ada County Sheriff's Office with a rollover crash on Bogus Basin road.

Sadly, a 71-year-old Treasure Valley resident lost his life after losing control of his vehicle on Bogus Basin Road, traveling off of the roadway and rolling several hundred feet down into a drainage below, rolling several times.

Members of the IMSARU technical rescue team were deployed to assist law enforcement and investigative resources from the Ada County Coroner's office. The subject was successfully recovered from the snow-covered scene and placed in the proper care.

The name of the subject has not yet been released to the public, but we wanted to express to the family our deepest condolences for their loss at what is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration. We are also grateful for the opportunity to apply our skills in assisting law enforcement authorities in situations such as these.
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On Wednesday, December 22, at approximately 7:00 PM, IMSARU was called by Boise local EMS to assist Idaho State Police and Ada County Sheriffs Office with a rollover crash on Bogus Basin road. 

Sadly, a 71-year-old Treasure Valley resident lost his life after losing control of his vehicle on Bogus Basin Road, traveling off of the roadway and rolling several hundred feet down into a drainage below, rolling several times.

Members of the IMSARU technical rescue team were deployed to assist law enforcement and investigative resources from the Ada County Coroners office. The subject was successfully recovered from the snow-covered scene and placed in the proper care. 

The name of the subject has not yet been released to the public, but we wanted to express to the family our deepest condolences for their loss at what is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration. We are also grateful for the opportunity to apply our skills in assisting law enforcement authorities in situations such as these.

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Prayers to the family 😪😪

Oh My Iam so sorry

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Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue Unit

Ongoing avalanche danger in central Idaho. Backcountry lovers, please check conditions and be mindful of where you are, which direction slopes are facing, incline of slopes, and other conditions that may contribute to avalanche as you sled and ski.

And, as always, carry avalanche safety gear, including beacons, probes, and shovels, and have emergency communications capability.
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Yesterday evening IMSARU received a call for assistance from Boise County Sheriff's Office to conduct a search for a missing nordic skier outside the boundaries of Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. In less than an hour, 17 members had responded to conduct the mission, including backcountry ski and UTV teams, all with winter avalanche safety and other personal gear to conduct a prolonged search as needed.

We're glad to report after being missing for approximately nine hours, the subject was found safe.

We thank our partners in Boise County for the opportunity to assist on a night with exceedingly poor weather conditions. A good result going into the holidays to be sure!
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Great job!

Well done 🇺🇸

Glad there was a favorable outcome. Impressed so many volunteers responded to the call. Where there any lessons learned either on the part of the skier in question (“the subject” to use your term) and/or Bogus Basin?

Wow! 9 hours out, they are fortunate to be okay! Thanks so much for all you do. Outcomes aren't always so great. It's a terrible thing, to be missing once snow can make you disappear.

Thanks for all that you do, and the time spent!

Thank you for all you do

🙏🏻

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Dangerous conditions in the Sawtooths. Be aware of avalanche risk before that “first storm of the season” fever takes over! ... See MoreSee Less

Our tech team was "chillin" and "hanging out" at the Black Cliffs this past weekend. Some of our new team members are testing for their Rescue Basic certification! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks for all that you do!

I think I have see this before.😀

Thanks to all of you, for all of this. It's a huge amount of work!

2021 has been an incredible year for the K9 team at IMSARU!

We are proud to announce that four additional K9 handler and dog teams have been newly certified within our unit. We also want to recognize the multiple advanced K9 certifications and recertifications accomplished to maintain operational status. Specifically:
* K9 Raven (with handler Maya) and K9 Tako (with handler Jen) both certified as a wilderness cadaver team
* K9 Stella Blue (with handler Brian) certified as a wilderness live find team
* K9 Terabyte (with handler Tom) certified as a trailing team

In addition, these K9s and handlers put in the hard work to advance their expertise and added new certifications and maintained their existing certifications this year:
* K9 Brewster (with handler Christi) certified as a land human remains detection (HRD) team and re-certified as a wilderness live find team with cadaver awareness
* K9 Kikka (with handler Arnoldo) certified as an advanced cadaver team
* K9 Schatzi (with handler Lisa) certified as a cadaver team and re-certified as a wilderness live find team with cadaver awareness
* K9 Oskar (with handler Ann) certified as a shoreline water team and re-certified as an advanced cadaver team and as a land HRD team
* K9 Kato (with handler Jen) re-certified as a wilderness live find team

IMSARU K9s are certified with nationally-recognized organizations such as the National Search Dog Alliance and Tri-State K9. These certifications are required for deployment on searches, and reflect the years of hard work and dedication handlers put into training themselves and their K9 partners.

Special thanks also go to our amazing flankers and training subjects that spend endless hours hiding for our dogs and helping the teams achieve these incredible milestones in service of Idaho and the entire Mountain West.
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AWESOME!!!

Congratulations to everyone, so proud of you all! <3

Way to go!!! These are amazing teams! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Thank you for what you do.

Way to go Idaho Mountain!!

Are they ready to travel with us??????

So much hard work from fantastic handlers & K9s. IMSARU currently has 10 certified search dogs!!

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Once again, it's Giving Tuesday! We sincerely hope that as you consider your causes today you'll remember IMSARU in your plans.

IMSARU is an all-volunteer agency providing world-class search and rescue operations in Idaho for over 60 years. We rely on donations and support from the Idaho community for our annual operating budget.

Thank you so much in advance for your support today!
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We at IMSARU hope everyone had a safe and rewarding Thanksgiving holiday!

Among the many things we're thankful for this season is the generous support we receive from donors, foundations, and other philanthropies. IMSARU is an all-volunteer organization, and these gifts are critical to supporting our mission by providing our operating budget.

In particular we would like to acknowledge a significant grant from the Forever Idaho Southwest Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. We're so grateful to the Foundation for their support.

Thank you to all and here's to welcoming winter outdoors in Idaho!
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Agreed. Thank you Idaho Community Foundation! 🧡

Bravo Zulu to our partners and friends with Boise County Sheriff's Office and East Boise County Ambulance District. Amazing work! ... See MoreSee Less

Bravo Zulu to our partners and friends with Boise County Sheriffs Office and East Boise County Ambulance District. Amazing work!Image attachment

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good job in a bad situation...

Great job, and Thanks for your service!

thank you you guys worked so hard in this cold terrible day

It's been gearing back up for our team here at IMSARU!

On October 10, we received a call for mutual aid from Elmore County Search and Rescue Team. A 67-year-old hunter had been reported missing in the Trinity Ridge area of the Boise National Forest. 14 members of our unit responded to the callout.

Fortunately, the hunter was found safe and in good health. Thank you to the Elmore County SAR team for the opportunity to assist!
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Thankyou for all that you do!

IMSARU would like to say
thank you to all veterans on this Veterans Day. We're grateful
for your service!
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Thankyou!

Thank you!

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