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6 I The Lovell Chronicle I July 30, 2009 www.LovellChronicle.com PoRoY PHOTOS Wes Homewood stands near his horse at the Big Horn County Fair during the halter class Monday. Shana Brown leads her German shepherd around the course at the 4-H dog show Friday at the Big Horn County Fair in Basin. Community ,_ pepsi FESTIVAL Save the date AUG. 14-15, 2009 WORLAND, WY Search and Rescue thriving with volunteer members, community BY DAVID PECK The Big Horn County Search and Rescue organi- zation is an all-volunteer organization and couldn&apos;t operate without the support of the business community, North Squad Captain Scott Allred told the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce last Monday, July 20. Allred was the guest speaker at the Chamber's monthly general member- ship meeting at Lange's Kitchen. Allred said the Search and Rescue depends on lo- cal support of fund-raising efforts, including the demo- lition derby, which took a one-year hiatus this year. He said the organization not only gets financial sup- port from businesses but also generous allowances for squad members to leave work to go on a search. Allred said he has+been a member of the S&R squad since 1995 and has been the captain since 2000. He is a Level II search and res- cue technician and is co- chairman of the Wyoming Search and Rescue Associa- tion, as well as a member of the Local Emergency Plan- ning Committee and a town councilman. Also in attendance Monday was Lt. Dennis Woodward, a 31-year mem- ber of the squad, which was formed in 1972 and oper- ates directly under Sheriff Ken Blackburn. Allred said the north squad has 40 members, all of whom work 100 percent as + volunteers, including himself. He noted that not only does the squad go on search missions, it also vol- unteers for traffic control at many local events. The North squad has been very busy this year, Allred said, already going on 10 missions when the av- erage yearly total is 10 and amassing 760 man hours compared to 745 in all of 2008. WATER MISSIONS Of the 10 missions so far this year, five have been water,related missions, All- red said. Although the ef- fort has been scaled back, the Search and Rescue is still looking to recover the body of Bob Brinkerhoff of Basin, who fell into the Big Horn River during a boat- ing accident on May 31. Allred said jet boat op- erations are continuing on the river from Greybull to the causeway east of Lovell, and the sheriffs office is bringing in a side scan so- nar system on Monday to scan the underwater ter- rain. "We're trying to bring resolution to the victim's family," Allred said. The north squad has also handled two "boater-as- sist" missions on Big Horn Lake, rescued two young men from the Shoshone River near Byron on June 22 and has been involved in the recovery of an 18-year- old Indiana man who fell into Paint Rock Creek on July 6 and drowned. The man's body was recovered Sunday by rescue divers from Montana who are cer- tiffed in swift,water diving. Because of all the water missions, the Search and Rescue has leased a Boston Whaler from the National Park Service that is docked at Horseshoe Bend in order to be ready to respond at a moment's notice to a water search. The north squad also has a zodiac inflatable boat and a 14-foot John boat at the search and rescue hall in Lovell, plus has access to a number of private jet boats. "We're getting used to these water missions," Allred said. "Fortunately we were well-trained and ready for that mission (near Byron). There were swift- water snags but we were ready for it and able to re- Spond and get the boys off the water in 35 minutes." Allred said the Wyo- ming Search and Rescue Association has done a lot to bring squad training lev- els up to national standards statewide so that squads are "talking the same lingo and performing the same operations the same way using the incident com- mand system. EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING Allred said the squad has been able to obtain bet- ter equipment in recent years such as snowmobiles, boats, radios and GPS de- vices due to support from the county and community fund-raising. He said a $1 check-off program on hunt- ing, fishing and snowmobil- ing licenses helps replace damaged equipment and supports tuition for train- ing. Because of the sup- port of the community, Allred said, the squad has six snowmobiles, a trailer, two six-wheel ATVs, three boats, radios and GPS de- vices. He noted that the State Loan and Investment Board funded a Ford F550 crew cab with a customized rescue box, with the county providing the match for the grant. Allred said the commu- nity has always supported the Search and Rescue with extra manpower when the call for help goes out. "It's amazing," he said. "When we need help and put out the call, people will step forward. It's amazing how people pour out for us. We work well with the am- bulance crew and the EMTs. One-third of our members are EMTs or higher level. We've never been this well trained before - medically. "The sheriffs office hasl been incredibly support- ive." Several of the squad members have taken search and rescue technician courses and are National S&R Association qualified, Allred said. Three mem- bers attended a statewide exercise in Saratoga last weekend. "These guys are amaz- ing. They go out in the worst conditions in the middle of the night, and we'd like to thank their employers for letting them off," Allred said. "Families take a big hit. They (squad members) drop everything at a mo- ment's notice and go out in horrible conditions, life- threatening situations, and do it with a smile on their faces." Because of the success of the squad, Allred said the board is considering limiting membership. "We're getting to where it's hard to equip and train everybody," he said. "It's sad we have to do that." Dog Obedience Training -- =.= Lp'00 ='= + =C= Beginning Training, Tues., Aug. 4 7:00 p.m. Intermediate Training Thur., Aug. 6 7:00 p.m. 8 wks. for $65.00 Call Jackie Nelson for more information 765-2144. I kBASIN4 t.  .4 Big Horn County +++putmcan Kusncr NEWSPAPERS ;= - -"--" ...... We will publish your display and legal advertisements in all three Big Horn County newspapers for one low price. However, all advertisements that will be published in all three newspapers MUST meet the Basin and Greybull deadline of MONDAY at 5 p.m, tzl00rord=::ie Contact us at 307-548-2217 * FAX 307-548-2218 * email Icnews@tctwest.net St. John's LUtheran Church  .+ I The family of Merlin WardeU would like to express our thanks and appreciation to all the family, friends, and community who called, visited, sent flowers, prepared food or shared their memories at the loss of our husband, dad, grandpa, and grandpa "great". We have truly been blessed by your acts of  ) kindness, friendship and love. MI The Hen House will be closed August 3-19 in preparation for our huge Mid-Year Clearance Sale. G Mark downs in every department August 20 - September 5 TL<+ a great place for chicks SC Open lOam - 8 pm, Thurs. - Sat. 210 E. Main, Lovell Kathleen Orton, proprietor: 272-9749 Casper College grads! You're invited to Thermopolis! We're going on the road to make a + L,, U+.:, +:+ + Join the Casper College Alumni Association Bring the family, the swimsuils, for a summer gathering in Thermopolis on Saturday, and your memories! Aug. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m atthe VFW Club. Hors d'oeuvres, Into: Unda Nix, CO Alumni Coordinator lemonade and iced tea and a 800-442-2963, alumni@caspercollege.edu cash bar will be available. 0000eaeg= lli00l Illli0000M][Jillll|+llt Ill illllitl[, i [[ Illillllllllll00;,,+ 0 ,!+ + 00lil |+gt ++1 00mlll