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. #### 

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

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.####

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.

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.###

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.####

Special Olympics Montana President’s Day Polar Plunge

   Want to make a real splash on President’s Day?  Join us for the 14th Annual President’s Day Plunge for Special Olympics Montana.  On President’s Day Monday February 16th 2015 at 12 PM, brave souls with warm hearts will plunge themselves into the icy waters of the Gallatin Regional Park Pond off Oak Street (Dinosaur Park) in Bozeman to raise funds and support for our Montana Special Olympics athletes. We’ll have refreshments available, crazy costumes, prizes, a Chevy truck raffle and the all-important hot tub. 

   Following the Plunge, we’ll celebrate at the Best Western Grantree Inn. Don’t be left out of the cold.  Grab friends, family and co-workers and get out there.  Take the plunge yourself or just come out to cheer. For more information or to register go to www.somt.org/plunge.

This year’s President’s Plunge is brought to you by The Ridge Athletic Clubs.  

CIT Academy – Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

             Crisis  Intervention              Team  Academy # 9 

Hosted by:

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

February 9-13, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Location:

Bobcat Stadium

1 Bobcat Circle, Bozeman MT 59717

This CIT academy is based on the Memphis model.

Its purpose is to assist first responders (law enforcement officers), detention staff, and dispatchers in engaging, assessing, and assisting individuals in crisis with mental and/or co-occurring substance disorders.  CIT is a 40-hour evidence based training that encompasses tools and skills needed for first responders, detention staff, and dispatchers to better manage individuals presenting with mental health and/or co-occurring substance disorders.  This training exposes the participants to materials and experiences from trained mental health and medical professionals to better prepare them to effectively and safely work with this unique population.

This training is for all law enforcement officers, Detention Officers, and Dispatchers in the State of Montana.

After successful completion of this forty-hour course,

the law enforcement officer will be certified by Montana

DPHHS Addictive & Mental Disorders Division

and Montana P.O.S.T. as a CIT Officer.

CIT Academy instruction includes:

Suicide assessment and intervention

Substance abuse and dual diagnosis

Introduction to mental illness

Psychotropic medications

Legal issues

Elderly and children’s issues

Developmental disabilities

Intervention strategies

Scenario training

Site visits 

Tuition:      $100.00 per student

For registration or further information, contact:

Jim Anderson

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator

jim.anderson@gallatin.mt.gov

Office (406) 582-2102 fax (406) 582-2026

Pre-registration is required.

Limited  space  available.