2017 Trivia Contest

7th ANNUAL TRIVIA CONTEST

WHEN: October 21, 2017
TIME: 7pm-9pm Doors open at 5:30pm
WHERE: Harrison Middle School, 920 Field Ave, Canon city 81212
HOW TO ENTER:Assemble Team of 3-6 people

Fill out this form, Call/Email us @ 719-345-7727 / fremontsar@gmail.com to complete registration.

COST: $60/Team

To Enter:

Link to Flyer in PDF

2016 Recap

Happy 2017!

Here is a recap of the last year.

In 2016 Fremont Search and Rescue was called 32 times for help. About a quarter of those calls were stood down during the initial response and planning period, usually because the person was found and/or self-rescued.

Our missions included; urban searches for minors (Canon City, Florence, Penrose, Howard, Cotopaxi), searches for challenged subjects that walked away from a care center or caregiver, missing/overdue hikers, river searches/rescues/recoveries, OHV search/rescues, among others. We were also asked to assist outside of Fremont County a few times. In April, we had our first personal locating beacon (PLB) search, which was initiated by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in Florida, it ended well with our subject being found and evacuated to the trailhead for transfer to EMS.

Other than when we are working in town(s), or on the river, you probably don’t see us around, since many of our missions happen at night, after someone has not returned home on time. We are there when folks need help 24/7/365, so please don’t hesitate to call.

During 2016, our 30 members have donated over 8000 hours of their time in missions, training and fundraising. To stay current on our skills, members had the opportunity to attend over 50 different training sessions in tracking, medical, swift-water, rope rescue, avalanche search, alpine rescue, GPS/map usage, practice mission scenarios, etc, during the year. We also presented the National Association for Search and Rescue “Hug-A-Tree” outdoor safety classes to county 5th graders. Because we are self-funded and not part of a taxing district, members also staffed over a dozen fundraising events to raise the money that we need to operate.

In 2016 Fremont Search and Rescue became a fully accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Region of the Mountain Rescue Association, in all disciplines; Rock (high angle/scree evacuations). Snow (avalanche/winter technical evacuations and Search. We are now one of the ten teams in Colorado (+40 SAR groups) who are MRA accredited.

On January 26, 2017, we will also celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Have a great New Years Day, and safe 2017!

Ready When Needed – Kris Hegler

The sound of a car horn punctuates the crisp October morning. “Jason’s here”, your 18 year-old son tells you as he makes a grab for his backpack. “I’ll be home in time for dinner”, he adds, giving you a quick hug around the shoulders. “Alright. Be careful”, you reply as Tim bolts eagerly out the door to join his friend for a hike around the Beaver Creek Loop. He’s a smart kid and has made the hike a few times before with his dad, so you really have no reason to worry.*

The day goes by quickly, but now the shadows are long as the sun slips behind the peaks to the west. Soon it is completely dark. Dinner is ready, but Tim and Jason have not yet returned. At first you feel slightly annoyed at their tardiness, but as the hours go by, you grow ever more concerned. Jason mother calls, also alarmed by the boys’ late return: Their cell phones goes unanswered, so neither of you have any idea what may have happened. You call 911. A little while later you are notified that the Sheriff’s Office has deployed Fremont Search and Rescue to assist in locating the two boys…

You may have seen them at one of the many Fremont County events including the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival and the Blossom Parade: The men and women in the blaze orange shirts providing support at numerous community events throughout the year. Or perhaps you’ve seen them somewhere around the county assisting with an emergency or training at the Royal Gorge or the Riverwalk.

Since 1967, members from your own community have volunteered to be available 24/7 when there is a need to locate or assist lost, injured or ill hikers, climbers, ATV and horseback riders, hunters, missing children, or individuals with dementia who may have wandered away from home. They assist with evacuations, searches, recoveries and provide aid in accordance with the Sheriff’s Office for other emergencies and events as needed. The team which comprises Fremont Search and Rescue are often your friends, co-workers and neighbors.

Every member of Fremont Search and Rescue gives freely of their time to train for missions and to provide help to others when the call goes out. They operate day or night in all weather conditions, from the blistering heat of summer to the frigid temperatures and snowfall of winter. They are prepared to take on Fremont County’s varied terrain, from the high altitude of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the cliffs of the Royal Gorge and Shelf Road and everything in between.

Search and Rescue members serve the residents of Fremont County, as well the thousands of people who visit the area each year to partake in its many recreational opportunities. The team also assists neighboring counties in situations where additional assistance is requested.

Individuals on the team devote many hours to acquiring the life-saving skills and knowledge necessary to provide safe and successful search and rescue operations. In 2014, the 25-30 member team donated upwards of 6,000 hours of their time in trainings, missions and community events.

Every person on the team is required to complete a minimum of three on-line FEMA Incident Command System courses and the National Association for Search and Rescue’s SARTECH II course and exam which includes land navigation. They must also have basic first aid and possess current CPR and AED certifications. Many members are certified Emergency Medical Responders or Wilderness First Responders, as well. Those in the position of Mission Leads are Managed Land Search Operations certified and have to complete additional ICS courses.

Individuals on specialized teams are certified for tracking, rope and swiftwater rescue, but they are all “ground-pounders”, during a search. All of the various certifications have to be kept current and renewed as necessary. Additionally, everyone is required to supply a personal “24 Hour Pack”, equipped with a vital array of rescue items, both for their own needs, as well as the needs of those they assist, while on a mission. It is also each individual’s responsibility to provide the field uniforms that are worn for missions and trainings.