Small Glider Crash Sends Pilot to the Hospital


(Gallatn County, Mont.)  At about 11:00 this morning Deputies were dispatched to a crash involving a powered ultralite aircraft in the 4000 block of Amsterdam Rd.  The craft crashed into a field and the pilot, a 55 year old local male, sustained leg injuries.  Amsterdam Fire, AMR Ambulance and Sheriff’s Deputies responded.  The FAA and NTSB were contacted but it is unknow if any Federal investigation will be conducted at this time.  The Pilot was transported to the hospital.  Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.#####


New Scam Alert

It has been reported that residents of the Gallatin County have been receiving calls from a solicitor stating that there will be a warrant of arrest and jury duty and if they do not send money. The person of interest is also claiming to be an official of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. If you receive any of these calls, please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately.




Cameron Bridge Rescue

On Tuesday, June 30th, 2015, shortly before 10:00 pm, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, the Central Valley Fire Department, and an American Medical Response Ambulance responded to a backcountry rescue.  A 27 year-old male and his girlfriend were hiking along the Gallatin River south of the Cameron Bridge Fishing access when he fell and sustained a debilitating ankle injury that left him unable to walk out of the area.

The victims clothing had become wet and he was suffering from being too cold.  The couple had a cell phone with them, but it was inoperable after it had been exposed to the water.  The girlfriend hiked back to their car and called for help.

Rescuers located the victim after a brief search.  They provided first aid to the victim, including treating his injured ankle and putting him in a sleeping bag for warmth.  Rescuers then transported the victim to the waiting ambulance via a specialized rescue sled.

Sheriff Gootkin would like to thank private landowners in the area for allowing rescuers access to their property.  The access provided a shorter and safer egress route for both the victim and the rescuers.

Celebrate Independence Day Safely


MONTANA, July 1, 2015— Gallatin County Fire Agencies and firefighters across Montana want to help you celebrate Independence Day with wildfire safety in mind. As we draw near to the Fourth of July, many of us celebrate with family and friends by enjoying campfires, barbeques and firework displays. While these activities encourage fun times and great memories, it is important to understand they may also pose serious threats and risks.

The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which can easily ignite dry vegetation. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display sponsored by your local community.

Here are a few additional tips for taking the fire out of fireworks:

  • Never leave children unsupervised around any type of fire.
  • Avoid starting any type of fire when conditions are dry or windy.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, and after doing so, move away quickly.
  • After fireworks are done burning, douse them with water before placing in the trash.
  • Observe fireworks restrictions.

We can all make a difference in reducing human-caused fires this season.

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