Wednesday, August 31, 2016

2016 Mid Year Report

After a slow start, 2016 is going to be a record year for BSSAR. With over 23 mission though September, the 27 member all volunteer team has been busy. August was by far the busiest month on record since the organization began providing support in the backcountry. So far this year it is horses 3 people 0. The most life threatening traumatic injuries so far this year was a result of a horse accident where the horse fell on the rider. The most serious medical emergency we dealt with required the team to spend the night with the patient because weather, terrain and the patient's condition did not allow for safe transport. Luckily the weather broke with the sun and a helicopter was able to get in to transport the patient to Bozeman. In both cases the patients made full recoveries.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Can Your Cell Phone Save You?

This summer we responded to three lost or stranded hikers. In all three cases GPS coordinates were either given to the 911 dispatcher by the lost/stranded party from their cell phone or the 911 dispatcher was able to ping the cell phone's coordinates via the cell phone towers. In all three cases the coordinates were completely worthless. They would have sent rescuers miles in the wrong direction. We used knowledge of the area and the last know location of the missing/stranded parties to determine were to begin our search.