Sheriff Announces Opening of W. Yellowstone SAR Building

For Immediate Release

(Bozeman, Mont.) Sheriff Gootkin announced today that on Wednesday September 26 starting at 4:00 p.m. there will be an open house at the new Search and Rescue facility in West Yellowstone. The grand opening/tours will be followed by remarks from the County Commission, Sheriff, a representative of Senator Baucus’ Office and other dignitaries.   A Search and Rescue Advisory Board meeting will be held after the festivities.

 The Search and Rescue Building is the last of 3 facilities built to house Montana’s busiest SAR teams.  There are facilities in Bozeman, Big Sky and now West Yellowstone.  The building was funded through the county wide 1 mill levy specifically for Search and Rescue Services.  Total Cost was $439,389.00.   $139,000 came from capital savings within SAR and a $300,000 loan. 

Search and Rescue is a volunteer force of the Sheriff’s Office.  It responds to an average of 100 calls per year. 

“Our community members are very outdoor recreation oriented and value the opportunities this county has to offer.  Our Search and Rescue Teams value our community members and stand always ready to help them out of a bad day.”  Sheriff Gootkin said today.  “The SAR volunteers have outstanding skills and this facility is part of our responsibility to support their important work.”

The building is located at 416 Yellowstone Ave. 

Questions can be directed to Lt. Jason Jarrett at 582-2105######

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