Media Flood Training Workshop

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Copies of today’s presentations from the Media Flood Training Workshop are available below:

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Reporters, Join Us for Flood Training This Morning

GCEM Media Release

Media Release:  150303-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, 582-2350

Reporters, Join Us for Flood Training This Morning

Bozeman, MT – All local reporters are invited to join local officials this morning for our Media Flood Training Workshop at 10:00 am.  This workshop is being held exclusively for reporters to talk about flooding before it occurs, so we are all on the same page when it does occur.

Media Flood Training Workshop
Today (March 3, 2015) at 10:00 am
Bozeman City Hall Commission Room
121 North Rouse

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It was Sunny and Warm then It was Cold and Dark

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(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 8:56 PM, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched for a backcountry search in Hyalite Canyon.  Dispatch had received a 911 call from two men who had gotten lost in the area of History Rock Trail, and were overtaken by nightfall without flashlights or headlamps.  They reported that they were on some sort of logging road or cross country ski trail.  Precise location data was not available from the 911 call, and dispatchers could only identify the cell tower which carried it.  Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the area, with several riding in on snowmobiles via the Langohr Road.  Though hampered by marginal cell coverage where the lost parties were, sheriff’s deputies coordinating the search were able to make occasional phone contact with them.  This allowed the lost parties to inform deputies when they heard searchers’ snowmobiles, and to give the relative direction of the sound from their location.  The snowmobilers were able to find the men quickly, making contact with them at about 10:30 PM.  The men were cold, but uninjured, and no medical treatment was needed.  They were delivered back to their vehicle, and SAR volunteers ensured that they made it safely out of the canyon and onto the main road.

The men, one in his mid-thirties, the other in his early forties, told deputies they were visiting from out of state.  They had departed from the History Rock Trailhead on snowshoes around noon, and at about 4:00 PM arrived at a meadow where they made a couple of snowboard runs.  Shortly after 5:00 PM, they started back down to the trailhead, but somewhere along the way, they strayed off course and found themselves on a logging road.  After darkness fell, they found themselves lost, without lights, and getting cold, so the decision was made to call 911.  Fortunately, the only “injuries” suffered by the two were slightly bruised egos.  Both were very gracious in expressing thanks to the volunteers who came to their aid.

To all those who are lucky enough to enjoy Gallatin County’s boundless opportunities for outdoor recreation: Sheriff Gootkin asks that you learn from the experiences of others, because small mistakes sometimes have disproportionately large consequences.  Fortunately this particular call had a good outcome.  Regardless of the season or activity, be prepared for more than you intend to take on.  Always plan for the unexpected overnight stay, bad weather, twisted ankle, etc.  Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers have had the pleasure of many late-night meetings with folks who were “just out for a day trip”.  So stack the odds in your favor by preparing, but if that fails making the call for help early usually makes it easier on you and our volunteers. #####

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It’s Colder In West Yellowstone Than Atlanta


(West Yellowstone, Mont.) Two Snowmobilers from Atlanta Georgia were returned safely to their nice warm cabins Thursday after spending several hours stuck and exhausted in single digit weather.

Thursday about 7 p.m., Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Forest Service Personnel responded to a report of two snowmobilers who were stuck and lost. Dispatch was able to retrieve location data from the 911 call placed by the men.

Team members responded to the area of the GPS coordinates and were able to locate the snowmobilers. The men had been unable to build a fire because they lacked the supplies to do so. Team members then assisted the snowmobilers by extracting one of their snowmobiles and escorted them back to West Yellowstone. 

Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that since snowmobiling often occurs in remote locations it is important to know what to do if you become stranded. Have the necessary equipment with you to keep warm, know your limitations and don’t ride terrain that is above your ability. #### 

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Structure Fire in Trail Creek Road

PATCH4Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Fort Ellis Fire Department Press Release:
A family of five is homeless following an early morning fire in the Trail Creek Road area. The Fort Ellis Fire Department was paged to a working structure fire at 05:22, Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Access to the residence was difficult and fire apparatus were delayed by road conditions. On arrival the structure was fully involved in fire and was a total loss. Fort Ellis Fire wishes to thank our mutual aid partners Sourdough/Rae Fire Department, Central Valley Fire Department, Bozeman Fire Department, AMR, and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department for responding for assistance.
For more information contact Chief Mike Cech, 581-2816

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Tennessee Woman + Snowmobile + Tree

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(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Saturday February 21st, at 10:30 am, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone responded to a report of an injured snowmobiler. A 25 year-old woman from Knoxville Tennessee suffered a knee injury after the snowmobile she was riding left the trail on a corner and struck a tree.
Rescuers responded on snowmobiles and located the injured snowmobiler on the Rail Road Trail off of the Two Top Trail system approximately 11 miles southwest of West Yellowstone.
The injured snowmobiler was packaged onto a rescue sled and transported to West Yellowstone where she was loaded into an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. After being evaluated by EMS personnel, she was transported by friends to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho.
Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that the key to safe snowmobile operation is knowing the machine, knowing your limitations, using good judgment and carrying the proper equipment. Your speed should allow you to safely respond to sudden maneuvers by other snowmobilers and changing trail conditions. Due to spotty cell phone service in the back country, a reliable means of communication is critical.####

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Two Top Rescue

 

On Wednesday, February 18th, at approximately 2:35 p.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, West Yellowstone Search and Rescue, and Forest Service Personnel responded to a report of an injured snowmobiler. A 30 year-old female from Seattle Washington had suffered possible leg and abdominal injuries after the snowmobile she was riding left the trail on a corner and struck a tree.

Team members responded on snowmobiles and located the injured snowmobiler on the Two Top trail system approximately 3.5 southwest of West Yellowstone.

The injured snowmobiler was quickly packaged onto a rescue sled and transported to West Yellowstone where she was loaded into an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. The ambulance then transported her to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for an evaluation.

The Gallatin County Sheriff would like to remind everyone that the key to safe snowmobile operation is knowing the machine, knowing your limitations, and using good judgment and carrying the proper equipment. Your speed should allow you to safely respond to sudden maneuvers by other snowmobilers and changing trail conditions.

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Snowmobiles Don’t Climb Trees

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(West Yellowstone, Mont.)
On Saturday, February 18th, at 2:35 p.m., Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Forest Service Personnel responded to a report of an injured snowmobiler. A 30 year old female from Seattle Washington had suffered possible leg and abdominal injuries after the snowmobile she was riding left the trail on a corner and struck a tree.
Rescuers responded on snowmobiles and located the injured snowmobiler on the Two Top trail system approximately 3.5 southwest of West Yellowstone.

The injured snowmobiler was quickly packaged onto a rescue sled and transported to West Yellowstone where she was loaded into an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. The ambulance then transported her to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for an evaluation.

Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that the key to safe snowmobile operation is knowing the machine, knowing your limitations, using good judgment and carrying the proper equipment. Your speed should allow you to safely respond to sudden maneuvers by other snowmobilers and changing trail conditions.###

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Flood Training for Media on March 3

GCEM Media ReleaseMedia Release: 150218-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, 582-2350

Flood Training for Media on March 3

Bozeman, MT – Local reporters are being invited to attend a special flood training day for reporters on March 3, 2015 at 10:00 am in the Bozeman City Commission Room.  With spring approaching representatives from local agencies, the Weather Service, and the insurance industry have put together a 1 hour workshop exclusively for our local media to talk about flooding.  We view our local media as an important part of communicating with the community during flooding events, an event that is often challenging to predict and explain to the community.

In an effort to provide a common base of understanding about flooding ahead of time for reporters we have developed this workshop.  Our hope is that by reporters attending this they will already have a fundamental understanding before a flood event occurs about common questions such as:

  • Why is this area flooding, it isn’t in a flood plain?
  • Why isn’t Logan flooding, there is a flood advisory for the Logan gauge?
  • What is the difference between an advisory, watch, and warning?
  • Why isn’t this covered by homeowners insurance?
  • Why are the water levels going up and down?
  • Where can people get sandbags?

All of our local reporters are encouraged to participate with us in this interactive workshop so we can all be on the same page when something happens.

Media Flood Training Workshop
March 3, 2015
10:00-11:00 am
Bozeman City Hall Commission Room
121 North Rouse

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Snowmobiler Gets a Valentine Present From Search and Rescue

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(West Yellowstone,  Mont.)

On Saturday, February 14th, at  6:10 p.m., the  Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone received a report of an injured snowmobiler in Red Canyon which is located approximately 10.5 miles North of West Yellowstone.  The 28 year old male from Belgrade was riding as a passenger when he was thrown from the snowmobile and struck a tree.   Rescue Team members responded on snowmobiles and located the injured man who was complaining of severe neck pain.

Two attempts to evacuate the man by helicopter were unsuccessful because of snow conditions and weather.  Rescuers undertook the delicate task of packaging him on a rescue toboggan and transporting him several miles down extremely rough terrain to an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance, arriving near midnight. The ambulance then transported the injured snowmobiler to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital

Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that the key to safe snowmobile operation is knowing the machine, knowing your limitations, and using your equipment within its limitations.####

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