03 December 2008 -- Injured Snowmobiler Rescued from Buck Ridge

Five members of BSSAR and three Canyon Adventures snowmobile guides responded to a call of an injured snowmobiler in McAtee Basin off of Buck Ridge. The snowmobiler sustained a broken leg from flipping over his handlebars in a creekbed. The team stabilized the leg and secured the patient on the back of a snowmobile in a rescue sled. The patient sustained no other injuries and was transported to an ambulance. The rescue lasted three and a half hours.

29 Novemeber 2008 -- Search for Lost Skier in Beehive Basin

Five members of BSSAR responded to a call of a lost backcountry skier in Beehive Basin. The lone skier became disoriented in a white-out snow storm and called 911 on his cell phone. Dispatch was able to retrieve the skier's coordinates from his cell phone, expediting the search. Two members skinned out the ridge and successfully located the lost skier while the other attending members waited at the trailhead with snowmobiles. The search took approximately 3 hours.

20 September 08 -- BSSAR Mock Rescue Training

Eleven members of BSSAR and 2 members of Bozeman Valley SAR responded to a mock scenario at Ousel Falls involving a couple in their mid-60's. The man and woman had been walking down Ousel Falls trail and fallen down a steep embankment into the creek bed below. The female patient sustained a laceration to her leg and had minor bruising. The male patient suffered from a broken pelvis and femoral head and broke several ribs. Four members of the hasty team were the first to arrive at the incident, followed by the rest of the BSSAR team with backup support and supplies. The female was treated and packaged on site and taken out by BSSAR members for furher treatment. The male patient was treated and packaged on site, then was (hypothetically) retreived by helicoptor for ALS.

26 July 2008 -- Two Lost Hikers Reported in the North Fork

Two hikers were reported missing from the North Fork trail at 10:30pm on Saturday evening. The hikers were supposed to have returned home to family members by 5:30pm. Nine members of BSSAR responded to this call. ATVs and dirt bikes were initially deployed at the North Fork trail to search for the two missing hikers. Just as the foot team was about to set out, the two hikers exited the forest via Hellroaring Creek trail. The hikers had sustained no injuries, but were tired and hungry.

24 July 2008 -- Injured Horseback Rider Rescued From Porcupine Trail

Seven members of BSSAR responded to a call of an injured horseback rider off of the Porcupine trail. The woman had sustained a hip injury from falling off her horse. The team packaged her and transported her to an ambulance at the trail head via ATV. The mission lasted two hours.

22 July 2008 -- Injured Female Hiker Rescued From Lava Lake Trail

Five members of BSSAR's "Team Geriatric" responded to a call about an injured woman on the Lava Lake trail head. The woman had fallen and broken her Tibula and Fibula. Patient was packaged and carried out by the 5 old men.

05 July 2008 -- Three Rafters Rescued from Gallatin River

Five members of BSSAR responded to a call about 3 rafters stranded in the Gallatin River at mile marker 39. The rafters had overturned their raft and were stranded on the opposite side of the river. The 3 rafters were ferried back across the river and sustained no injuries.

25 June 08 -- Injured Horseback Rider Rescued on Buffalo Horn Trail

Eight members of Big Sky Search and Rescue responded to a call of an injured horseback rider on the Buffalo Horn trail behind the 320 Ranch. Patient had fallen off her horse and had localized pain in her left thigh. Patient was stabilized and packaged and then carried out by Search and Rescue members to the trailhead where an ambulance was waiting. The mission lasted about 4 hours.

13 April 08 - Injured Snowmobiler Rescued on Buck Ridge

Four members of Big Sky Search and Rescue assisted an injured snowmobiler on Buck Ridge. This person had launched his sled off a high cornice, and put a foot down on landing resulting in a severe leg injury. BSSAR responded with two snowmobile teams: a hasty searcher who quickly located the injured party and began patient assessment, followed by an evacuation team pulling an ambulance sled with medical equipment. The patient was stablized and packaged for transport. Given the severity of the injury, helicopter evacuation options were explored, while ground evacuation proceeded in the event that a helicopter might not be available. Air Idaho Rescue was able to respond, and rendezvoused with the ground team at a landing zone on the ridge. The patient was successfully evacuated to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. The mission lasted about three hours.
21st-23rd March 2008 - BSSAR Winter Survival School

Six Members of BSSAR and eight members of other Gallatin County SAR groups trained in Beehive Basin with 2 instructors from PEAK Inc. The instructors are retired military survival experts and Air Force Para Rescuemen. Orienteering, shelter and fire-craft, improvised litters and splinting were all taught experientially. All participants created improvised snow shelters on Saturday night. Sunday a practice search operation was held with a succesful locate and Tx of patients. All EMT and WFR's will recive CE credits for this exercise.

13 March 2008 - Regular Monthly Training

Sixteen members participated in this training on musculoskeletal Injuries. The class was on a review of recent missions and musculoskeletal assessment, treatment of stable and unstable injuries, protocols, and packaging. Continuing education credit was granted to EMT's and WFR's. The class lasted about 3 hours.

23 February 2008 - Injured Person on Garnet Mountain

Six members of Big Sky Search and Rescue responded to a report of a person who hit a tree on a toboggan near the summit of Garnet Mountain. The Gallatin County Helicopter Rescue Team, HAM Radio Team, GVSA, and the Posse all participated in this rescue. The patient was airlifted by St. Vincent's HELP Flight from Billings, MT. The Incident Commander was a Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy. The entire mission lasted about 5-1/2 hours.

14 February 2008 - Regular Monthly Meeting

Nine members participated in this training on Spine Injuries. The class was on a review of recent missions and spine assessment, treatment, protocols, clearance and patient packaging. Continuing education credit was granted to EMT's and WFR's. The class lasted about 3 hours.

20 January 2008 - Avalanche Rescue in Beehive Basin

Eleven members of Big Sky Search and Rescue responded to a report of a person buried in a avalanche. After some investigation this was determined to be a single burial and a fatality. Rescuer members went in on snowmobiles and skis to recover the body and assist the coroner with the investigation. Big Sky Ski Patrol, the GNF Avalanche Center, Gallatin County Rescue Dogs, the Helicopter Team and Big Sky Fire all participated in this mission. The Incident Commander was a Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy.
A report from the GNF Avalanche Center can be found here
Photos from the avalanche can be found here.
An article in the Bozeman Chronicle can be found here.
The entire mission lasted about 4-1/2 hours.

18 January 2008 - BSSAR Academy

Ten members of Big Sky Search and Rescue participated in this training on standard operating procedure. The class was done in a scenario formate and covered incident command, radio communication, strategy and tactics, snowmobile operations, ambulance sled operations and equipment, patient assessment, spine assessment and treatment, and long bone injury assessment and treatment, including traction splinting. Continuing education credit was award for EMT's. The course lasted about 5 hours.

12 January 2008 - Avalanche Rescue Near Eaglehead Mtn

Ten members of Big Sky Search and Rescue responded for an avalanche rescue on the north side of Eaglehead Mountain. A snowmobile was reported buried in avalanche debris by a passing group. The reporting party could not find anyone around and was unsure if people were still buried there. A team from BSSAR accessed the site and forwarded the VIN number to the incident commander and began a beacon search. The Sheriff's office was able to locate the owner safe at home. the owner reported he had been completely buried and was rescued by his friends. He also reported that no one else was in the debris. Also involved in this mission was the Gallatin County Rescue Dog Team, the Alpine/Helicopter Team, GVSA, the GNF Avalanche Center and a Yellowstone National Park Ranger. The incident commander was a Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy.
The Avalanche Center report can be found here.
The mission lasted approximately four hours.

10 January 2008 - Regular Monthly Training

17 members of BSSAR participated in this class on avalanche rescue. The training lasted about two hour.