In 2020, SAR volunteers went on 115 calls, including 41 searches, 69 rescues, and 5 mutual-aid calls. One hundred and fifty-two volunteers dropped what they were doing to go help someone 1433 times and spent over 8,599 hours on calls and training.
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.
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 Valley Section. If you want to be part of Search and Rescue but don’t have the skills or can’t commit to making calls at all hours, Friends of GCSAR might be a good fit.
Each section takes on new members as needed. Becoming a full member is, at minimum, a one-year process. During that time, you'll be expected to attend 50% of trainings, which occur roughly twice a month. Operational members are expected to respond to at least 20% 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 Valley, 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. For other groups, contact the person listed below.
West Yellowstone Section – Contact Brock Kelly, 406-640-1361
Big Sky Section – Contact Mark Bradford, 406-539-6981
Valley Section - Contact Richard Gauron, 617-755-6469
- Heli Team: rapid response and technical rescue in mountain terrain. Contact Gary Clutter, 406-570-7667.
- Dive Team: underwater search and recovery. Contact Jon Ogden, 406-579-0426.
- SAR Comms: communications, mapping, and logistics. Contact Curtis DeVault, 406-853-1500.
- SAR Dogs: four-season wilderness SAR K9s. Contact Bonnie Whitman, 406-640-0162.
- SAR Drones: aerial search and grid mapping technology. Contact Tyler Brant, 406-671-1304.
- Friends of GCSAR: Fundraising, education, and operations support for rescuers. Contact Deborah McAtee, 406-600-3476.
Another option is to volunteer to be found by the search dogs; this is a time commitment of a half or full day when it works for you. For more information and to sign up, see https://www.westernmontanasearchdogs.org/training-volunteers.
Thank you again for your interest. For any further questions, please contact Captain Scott Secor at 406-582-2100 or by email at email@example.com.