Search and Rescue

The Sheriff's Office is responsible for all search and rescue missions in the county. Trained Deputies act as incident commanders in support of highly skilled volunteer groups.
 
Our mission is to search for the lost and missing, 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.
 
Year
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SAR Events
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109
82
96
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82
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132
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101
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 many ways to serve, from search and rescue operations to support and public outreach functions.
 
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?

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). Membership in more than one group is allowed and encouraged.

The Posse takes on new members every fall. 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% of all callouts. It's important to recognize that search and rescue is a major time commitment for everyone involved: members typically devote 15-20+ hours each month.

If you think you'd be a good addition to the Posse, 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.

Sheriff’s Posse Questionnaire

The groups are organized by geography:
  • Valley – See specialties below
  • West Yellowstone – Contact Brock Kelly (406) 640-1361
  • Big Sky – Contact Mark Bradford (406) 539-6981
And by specialty:
  • Alpine/Hasty: Resuce in technical terrain including rock, ice, avalanches, and water. Contact Jason Riviski (406) 580-9473
  • Divers: underwater search and recovery. Contact Kavin Kelly (406) 579-8375
  • Hams: communications and computer technology. Contact Curtis DeVault (406) 853-1500
  • Dogs: search and rescue K-9s. Contact Ladean McKittrick (406) 388-7070
  • Posse: most general group that provides general training for Search and Rescue. The Posse includes swiftwater rescue services. Contact Amy Lanzendorf (406) 600-9829
If you know what you might be interested in, please contact that group’s representative directly at the number given above. If you are not sure where you might fit or have other questions, please contact Cpt. Jason Jarrett at (406) 582-2105 or email.

Staff Contacts

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Search and Rescue Commander