Gallatin County, Montana
Search and Rescue
Gallatin County Sheriff's Office
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Contact:
, Search and Rescue Commander
Address:
Bozeman ,MT 59715 
Phone:
406 582-2105
 
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The Sheriff's Office is responsible for all search and rescue missions in the county. Trained Deputy Sheriffs act as incident commanders in support of highly skilled volunteer groups. The volunteers are organized into specialty groups including:

  • Alpine/Hasty Team: rescue in technical terrain including: rock, ice, avalanches and water
  • SAR Hams: communications and technology
  • Sheriff's Posse: most general group that provides general training for Search and Rescue. The Posse also provides our watercraft and swiftwater rescue services
  • Tactical Dive Team: underwater search and recovery unit
  • West Yellowstone Section
  • Big Sky Section


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Statistics

2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
SAR Events
98
104
109
82
96
96
82
102
103
132
103

Volunteers
Gallatin County Search and Rescue is made up of volunteers ranging from construction workers, doctors, retired persons, college students, and real estate brokers, just to name a few. We have recognized experts in the field of technical climbing, technical radio operations, avalanches, extreme snowmobile operation, and search operations. If you are considering a challenging and rewarding way to serve your community through Search & Rescue, please see below for contact information. There are a multitude of ways to serve, from actual search operations to support, administrative, and public outreach functions.

Below are links to two videos that showcase our volunteers. They may take several minutes to load.
Video #1                Video #2

Video Library:                   SAR Project 1          SAR Project 2

If you know a Search and Rescue volunteer, be sure and thank them for the hundreds of hours they volunteer each year in support of their community.

Interested in Joining Gallatin County Search and Rescue?
Gallatin County Search and Rescue is part of the Sheriff's Office that specializes in year-round search and rescue operations.

Our mission is to search for the lost and missing, and rescue the injured and stranded, and bring them home safely and efficiently. When our community has a bad day, we are part of the solution. Though we are a volunteer organization, we provide a professional service to the residents and guests of Gallatin County.

You can get involved with SAR through membership in one of our volunteer groups. If you live in the Gallatin Valley, we encourage most people to start by joining the Sheriff's Posse (see details for other groups, including  Big Sky and West Yellowstone, below.)

The Posse takes on new members twice yearly. Becoming a full member is, at minimum, a one-year process. During that time, you'll be expected to attend all Posse meetings and trainings, which occur roughly twice a month. Operational members are expected to respond to at least 50 percent of all callouts. It's important to recognize that search and rescue is a major time commitment for everyone involved: members typically devote 15 to 20 or more hours each month.

If you think you'd be a good addition to our team, please fill out the following questionnaire to be added to our applicant mailing list. Once you are on the list, we will keep you updated with upcoming recruitment events.


Groups by location:
Valley – See specialties below
West Yellowstone – Contact Brock Kelly, 406-640-1361
Big Sky – Contact Mark Bradford, 406-539-6981

Valley groups by speciality:
Posse: Foundational SAR team that provides support for all operations. Most members of other teams are part of this group. Includes swiftwater rescue. Fill out questionnaire.
Alpine Hasty: Rapid response and technical rescue in mountain terrain.
 Contact Scott Gill, 581-7991
Divers: underwater search and recovery
Contact Kavin Kelly, 579-8375
Hams: communications, technology and logistics
Contact Don Wilson, 920-2395
Dogs: four-season wilderness SAR K9s
Contact Ladean McKittrick, 388-7070



Thank you again for your interest. For any further questions, please contact Captain Jason Jarrett at 406-582-2105 or by email at jason.jarrett@gallatin.mt.gov.