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  • Title: Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit | Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit
    Descriptive info: .. Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit.. Home.. Menu.. Skip to primary content.. Skip to secondary content.. Calendar.. Newsletters.. Education.. Kids Safety.. Navigation.. Safety Tips.. Join.. Specialty.. Search Dogs.. Techical Rescue.. Tracking.. Donate.. Contact Us.. Log in.. Search for:.. Links.. Sponsors.. Photos.. History.. IMSARU is a founding member of.. Mountain Rescue Association (MRA).. Please consider a donation to.. Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue, 501(c)3.. Click the button above to make a donation quickly, easily, and securely.. (PayPal account NOT required.. ).. Post navigation.. Older posts.. Western Idaho Fair Corn Booth.. Posted on.. September 9, 2014.. by.. Gregg Rettschlag.. It s time for the Western Idaho Fair, and hot buttered corn.. IMSARU has been selling sweet corn at The Fair since 1965.. That tradition continues this year with lots of volunteer labor provided by IMSARU members, friends,.. families, and other organizations looking to lend a hand.. BOISE Corp returns once again, providing enough volunteers to staff the booth for an entire day.. THANKS!! to all who volunteer their time and all who stop by to purchase corn.. Your support of the corn booth allows us to fund approximately half of our annual budget.. Posted in.. Uncategorized.. Blackhawk Training with the Idaho National Guard.. June 11, 2014.. Twenty-seven IMSRU members spent part of a Saturday at the end of May training with the Idaho National Guard.. Members were introduced to many aspects of Blackhawk operations, including exposing our search dogs to the experience of boarding with engines and rotors running.. It is not uncommon for IMSARU and the National Guard Blackhawks to cross paths on SAR missions, so this was an important training opportunity.. We are grateful to the Blackhawk crews for giving their time on Saturday to ensure that we are familiar with safe and effective work in and around these helicopters.. Additional thanks go to all those in the National Guard chain of command who helped make this training possible.. Training.. K9 Team Water Training.. Jamie Simpson.. The K9 Team held water human remains detection (HRD) training Saturday in Gem County.. The training was organized and run by Julie, who is a National Search Dog Alliance (NSDA) evaluator.. Andy s new boat, with it s low profile, is ideal for this type of training, as the dogs can get their noses close to the water while searching for the source.. He also installed a carpeted platform in the bow, which gives the K9s a stable, flat surface to work from.. His boat will get a lot of use this summer as some teams prepare for water certifications in late June, and teams new to the discipline gain exposure to this specialized skill.. The dogs and handlers loved spending a hot day on the water.. Participating K9s: Cricket (seen in the photo), Libby, Watson, Riffle and Yoki.. K9.. ,.. IMSARU Olympics.. May 18, 2014.. Eighteen members spent May s SAR training field day at the compound working through six stations covering different mission skills.. Stations were proctored by seven senior members of the unit, testing and teaching topics covering field leadership, mission prep, twenty-four hour packs, navigation, first aid, and patient packaging.. We ve had a quiet end to winter and beginning of spring as far as mission callouts are concerned, making training like this very important for us to stay sharp for the time when that call does come.. MANTRACKER TRAINING – MAY 10, 2014.. May 13, 2014.. Charlotte  ...   the Race to Robie Creek is a lot of work for IMSARU members, but it is an event we look forward to every year.. IMSARU provides logistics and communication support, staffs first aid stations throughout the course, and establishes a medical tent at the finish line along with Ada County Paramedics and East Boise County Ambulance personnel.. Approximately forty IMSARU members combined with many other businesses, organizations, and volunteers to make the 2014 race a safe and successful event.. Navigation Training Part 2.. April 18, 2014.. On Saturday April 12th, IMSARU members spent another day in the field working on navigation skills.. This time around we were looking to simulate an actual search callout.. Basecamp for equipment and communication management was established at the trailhead for Castle Rock outside Horseshoe Bend.. We have been working to better utilize our mapping software as a tool to upload team assignments to GPS.. units, so that process was emphasized in today s training.. Each of four teams was given a unique route to follow out of basecamp.. Upon reaching the end of their assigned route, teams were then asked by our OL for the day to proceed to a new point using only map and compass.. Our assigned routes and map points were well distributed throughout the steep hillsides in the Castle Rock area giving us plenty of feedback on our current fitness level as well as testing our ability to navigate.. Navigation Training – MARCH 15, 2014.. March 16, 2014.. Chris Brookman took the reins for our navigation training this spring, combining GPS with map and.. compass into a two-part course spread over our March and April SAR training dates.. With a classroom session completed on Tuesday night, approximately 20 IMSARU members headed to the field in the Highlands Hollow area on Saturday morning.. Chris laid out several different courses in this in-town area that is a bit more confined than our usual search environment, allowing for a multi-leg orienteering course testing basic navigational skills.. This was a first-time learning experience for some, while others used the day as a refresher.. The orienteering course covered reading and understanding map features for navigation, GPS setup for various combinations of coordinate systems and datums, GPS navigation to a coordinate location, taking a compass bearing, and walking a specified compass heading.. Next month’s training will build on these basic skills as well as pulling everything together in a simulated search environment.. Tracker Training.. February 24, 2014.. Thirteen members worked indoors on tracking skills on the evening of February 6.. th.. and another nine members did the same exercises on Saturday, February 8.. with the addition of an impromptu outdoor challenge in the fresh snow and drizzle.. Both groups practiced recognition of footwear types and drawing footprints, as well as matching vocabulary terms from the JHPTS glossary and a brief exercise in reading a short line of sign.. Archives.. September 2014.. June 2014.. May 2014.. April 2014.. March 2014.. February 2014.. Upcoming Events.. September 16, 2014.. Medical Training.. 7:30 pm-9:00 pm.. Location:.. IMSARU 2519 Federal Way, Boise, ID.. September 18, 2014.. Bike team ride.. 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.. Stack Rock.. September 20, 2014.. Bike team ride - time TBD.. Tim s cabin - Smiths Ferry.. September 21, 2014.. Tech Field Training.. 8:00 am-1:00 pm.. meet at compound.. September 23, 2014.. Business Meeting.. 7:30 pm-9:30 pm.. 2014 -.. Proudly powered by WordPress.. Weaver II by.. WP Weaver..

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  • Title: Calendar | Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit
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  • Title: Newsletters | Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit
    Descriptive info: 2014.. Jan/Feb.. |.. Mar/Apr.. May/June.. July/August.. 2013.. May/Jun.. Jul/Aug.. Sep/Oct.. Nov/Dec.. 2012.. 2011.. 2010.. 2009.. 2008.. 2007.. 2006.. 2005.. 2004.. 2003.. 2002.. Mar.. Apr/May.. Jun/Jul.. Aug/Sep/Oct.. 2001.. Jun.. Sep.. Oct.. 2000.. Jan.. Feb/Mar.. Nov.. Dec.. 1999.. Jul.. Aug.. Requires the.. Adobe Acrobat Reader.. to view or print.. You can download and use the Reader FREE by following the directions on the Adobe site..

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  • Title: Kids Safety | Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit
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  • Title: Navigation | Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit
    Descriptive info: Basic Compass Techniques.. Dead reckoning, bearing straight, finding your way in a whiteout.. Whatever you call it, learning to find your way from a known position.. using direction and distance traveled is the best option for getting.. safely back to where you started.. The steps to accomplish this task are easier to learn than it may sound.. Let s start with the basic components of a good orienteering compass.. The compass should be attached to a clear rectangular base plate which.. can be rotated (the compass housing should rotate on the base plate).. Step 1.. Use the edge of the compass baseplate and a pencil to.. connect where you are on the map to where you want to go (A to B.. on the photo).. Measure that distance against the scale printed at the.. bottom of the map.. Step 2.. With the compass baseplate aligned to the line you just.. drew, twist the compass housing until the orienting arrow aligns with.. map north.. Ignore the needle.. Where the direction-of-travel line.. intersects the rotating dial is the map heading the direction you.. want to travel.. Step 3.. Find the declination diagram in the bottom left margin.. of your USGS topo map.. It looks like a little V (see photo below).. It shows the difference in degrees between map north and magnetic north.. for that particular map.. If magnetic north (MN) is left of map north,.. add the degrees of the declination to your map heading.. If MN is right.. of map north, subtract the degrees of the declination from your map.. heading.. HINT: remember LARS for left add, right subtract.. Step 4.. Twist the housing so it reflects the declination.. You.. have your bearing, but don t trust it to memory.. Write down the distance.. and magnetic heading for each leg.. Step.. 5 Follow the magnetic bering by holding the compass in front.. of you and rotating your body until the red compass needle sits  ...   mark and your right foot on the end of the line you drew.. If you are in the northern temperate zone, you will be facing in a northerly.. direction and you will know the other directions by recalling their relation.. to north.. If you are in the southern temperate zone, you will be facing in a southerly.. direction.. Watch method.. You can also determine the direction using a watch.. The steps you take.. will depend on whether you are in the northern temperate zone or in the.. southern temperate zone (and whether you have a conventional or digital.. watch).. The northern temperate zone is located between 23.. 4o north and.. 66.. 6o north.. The southern temperate zone is located between 23.. 4o south.. and 66.. 6o south.. Northern Temperate Zone (conventional watch).. Place a small stick in the ground so that it casts a definite shadow.. Place your watch on the ground sot that the hour hand points toward.. and along the shadow of the stick.. Find the point on the watch midway between the hour hand and 12 o clock.. and draw an imaginary line from that point through and beyond the center.. of the watch.. This imaginary line is a north-south line.. NOTE: If your watch is set on daylight savings time, then use the midway.. point between the hour hand and 1 o clock to draw your imaginary line.. Southern Temperate Zone (conventional watch).. Place your watch on the ground sot that 12 o clock points toward and.. along the shadow of the stick.. and draw an imaginary line from that point through and beyond the.. center of the watch.. If you carry a digital watch, simply draw a conventional watch face on the.. ground with the hands indicating the proper time (as shown on your digital.. watch) following the same steps as listed above.. The Sun and Shadow techniques were taken from the US Army Survival Manual.. FM21-76 (Dorset Press, 1992)..

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  • Title: Safety Tips | Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit
    Descriptive info: FOR YOUR SAFETY (safety quick list).. GEAR TO FIND YOUR WAY.. GEAR FOR YOUR PROTECTION.. GEAR FOR EMERGENCIES.. (Be familiar with your equipment and know how to use it.. ).. These few items carried in a small pack may be the means of survival.. in the event one becomes lost or is injured.. If lost and unable to.. find a way out by map and compass, it may be better to improvise a.. shelter and stay put until help is forthcoming.. Remember, if one.. travels five miles from the point last seen, searchers may have to.. search more than 50,000 acres!.. TELL A FRIEND.. Do let someone responsible know the route you are taking, and your.. expected time of return.. If you later decide to move from one area.. to another, advise that person.. If you do not return in a reasonable.. time, experienced searchers can find you quickly with this information.. General safety tips.. Carry a map and compass ( know how to use them!).. Know where you are.. Pull out your map  ...   Know when to ride it out.. If weather conditions deteriorate, evaluate your situation.. Move.. if you need to improve your position for safety; stay put if you don t.. Fix your position on the map.. Pinpoint your current location on the map while you can still see,.. then act fast to get a compass bearing to where you want to go.. Plan legs around obstacles.. Aim for easy to spot landmarks.. Rather than aim for the parking lot, head for the road leading to the.. parking lot, or the stream leading into the lake.. If you drift off.. course in the storm you are more certain to find your landmark and be.. able to follow it to your ultimate destination.. Count your steps.. Measure your stride while carrying your pack.. Then calculate the number.. of steps to travel the distance you are going.. Keep track by moving pebbles.. Find a guide.. Identify something that will confirm you are staying on track.. River always on my right or stream junction on left at next turn..

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  • Title: Search Dogs | Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit
    Descriptive info: Why use a search dog?.. Dogs have a superior sense of smell.. • Dogs have 25 times more olfactory receptors in their nose than humans.. • Dogs have 40 times more of their brain devoted to scent interpretation than humans.. • Based on this, it is estimated that dogs can smell up to 10,000 better than humans!.. Dogs use their sense of smell to hunt.. Dogs evolved to hunt cooperatively with humans.. We can take advantage of these qualities and train dogs to use their sense of smell to search for lost humans.. Types of Search Dogs.. Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue uses 4 different types of search dogs:.. • Air scent.. • Trailing.. • Cadaver.. • Water cadaver.. Air Scent.. An air scent dog uses air currents to locate any live human.. The recall/refind is the foundation of the air scent dog:.. Dog  ...   scent article from the missing person.. • To know the last place the missing person was known to be.. Cadaver.. A cadaver dog is trained to locate human remains in varying quantities and at all stages of decomposition.. They can be used in search and rescue, crime scene investigations, and disasters.. The cadaver dog is trained to give an indication, such as a sit, down or bark, at the scent source.. Water Cadaver.. A water cadaver dog can locate drowned humans in lakes and rivers.. Mission Ready!.. It takes about 1 year to train a dog to be ready to test for certification.. Our dogs and handlers are tested and certified by national search dog organizations.. Testing and training are ongoing!.. We train regularly to keep our dogs sharp and ready for a mission at all times.. Our K9 teams must re-certify every 2 years..

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  • Title: Techical Rescue | Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit
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  • Title: Tracking | Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit
    Descriptive info: Who We Are.. We are Search And Rescue (SAR) volunteers who have additional training focused on tracking.. Tracking requires many hours of practice and a detail-oriented personality.. The identification of sign often means crawling on the ground inspecting the dirt, plants and stones that may have been disturbed by the passage of the search subject.. SAR Trackers are trained in search techniques as well as mantracking.. They often are members of SAR units that have simply taken on a specialty just as other members have become dog handlers or members of a technical climbing team.. Why.. The use of tracking in Search And Rescue has gained popularity in the past few years for several reasons.. One of those reasons is because mantracking has proven to be a valuable resource that may help shorten the search.. Another reason is the increased availability of tracking certifications and training, thus making trained mantrackers more available as a resource.. Search Managers can make use of mantrackers to identify the Direction of Travel and narrow the search area significantly.. In some cases, mantrackers can follow a subject through areas or in conditions that search dogs cannot.. These are examples of why the use of tracking in SAR is valuable.. Not all conditions allow for fast and efficient tracking, just as not every search can be concluded quickly by bringing in a helicopter.. For example if the weather is bad, a helicopter often cannot fly.. Conditions affect all SAR resources: dogs, air support, ground personnel and technical climbing teams.. This is why it is important for a SAR unit to  ...   the successful outcome of the search.. The tracking aware searcher can alert the SAR Manager of the tracks found, and a more experienced mantracker can examine the sign to determine how significant it is and perhaps find more clues that will help in the overall effort.. SAR trackers can be an asset to any SAR team; and mantracking is another skill that can be used to increase the chances of success on many searches.. What We Do.. Ideally, an experienced mantracker will be called to the Last Known Point of the missing person as soon as possible before any of the existing sign is disturbed or obliterated.. This will allow the mantracker to collect detailed information about the footwear impressions left by the subject.. This information is crucial for the mantracker and may mean the difference between successfully following a subject and going nowhere.. After collecting and recording all of the available information from the scene, the tracker will begin following the sign to determine the direction of travel.. Sometimes this means following the sign all the way to the lost person.. Often the path indicates a general direction that was taken and other teams can move into the identified area and begin searching.. If this is done by another tracking team it is called sign-cutting.. This practice allows for a methodical approach to be taken in the fastest possible manner.. If another tracking team is not available, then the area can be searched using normal search techniques.. Either way, the search area is significantly reduced which increases the odds of finding the subject quickly..

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  • Title: Donate | Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit
    Descriptive info: IMSARU depends on donations for a significant portion of its budget.. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation; all donations are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.. Make your donation by clicking on the PayPal Donate button below.. How to contribute.. Online.. Please click the DONATE button below to make a secure donation using PayPal..  ...   Check.. Make Checks Payable to:.. Mail To:.. 2519 Federal Way.. Boise, ID 83705.. Other ways to Support IMSARU.. Donate goods and services.. Attend or volunteer for fund raisers.. Items Needed:.. Medical Supplies Equipment.. Contact our medical officer.. for details.. Multi-channel Radios.. Newsletter sponsor.. GPS units.. Avalanche Beacons.. Avalanche probe poles.. In-town Volunteers..

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  • Title: Contact Us | Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit
    Descriptive info: 2014 Officers.. Jimmy Yorgensen.. President.. Mike Johnson.. Vice-President.. Rod Knopp.. Coordinator.. Amanda Leader.. Secretary.. Phil O Bryan.. Treasurer.. Assistant Treasurer.. Tom Wheless.. Logistical Equipment Director.. Owen Miller.. Rescue Director.. Delinda Castellon.. Public Relations Director.. Colin Sesek.. Medical Officer.. Training Director.. Brad Acker.. Facilities Manager.. Other Contacts.. Linda Kearney.. Membership Coordinator.. Newsletter Editor.. John Ferguson.. Webmaster.. Mailing Address.. Boise, ID 83705.. (208) 342-0809..

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