Wyoming Search and Rescue Training

The Park County Search and Rescue is hosting a 2-day Ice Rescue Workshop, Feb. 22-23, 2020 in Cody, Wyoming. The emphasis of this workshop will be ice self-rescue drills and rescuing others using various techniques and tools. We will focus on the equipment your team uses for ice rescues. These may include rescue boards, boats, ladders and inflated fire hoses. There is also a rope component which will include anchoring in ice and mechanical advantage applications.

The course will be taught by Black Fox Rescue, Inc. using Rescue 3 International curriculum. Personal equipment needed includes an ice rescue suit or dry suit (with appropriate layers), appropriate gloves and footwear, along with other cold-weather clothing. You will also need a U.S. Coast Guard Type III or V Personal Flotation Device with a quick release harness (or an additional quick release strap). A helmet, personal ice awls and traction control for your feet (studs/cleats) will round out your personal equipment.

The first day of the course will be a classroom session at the Park County Sheriff’s Office beginning at 8 a.m. The second day will be held in the field on the ice at the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Space is limited.

For more information on the class, necessary equipment, and skill level requirements see the FAQs and the course outline.

The cost of the workshop is $330 per student. Cost may be reduced to $300 per student depending on how many students enroll. Invoices will be sent out two weeks prior to the class start date. Payment may be made by check the first day of the course. Checks should be made out to Black Fox Rescue, Inc. Students are responsible for transportation costs, meals and lodging.

To reserve a spot in the course email lmathess@parkcountysheriff.net.


Course outline

Search and Rescue helicopter and helmet photo

Ashley Paulsrud 307-777-4907 ashley.paulsrud@wyo.gov

MSUB is hosting a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course Feb. 28 - March 8. The instructors are from NOLS. Information regarding a WFR course can be found at https://www.nols.edu/en/coursefinder/courses/wilderness-first-responder-WFR/. A registration form can be found on the MSUB Outdoor Adventure Leadership webpage https://www.msubillings.edu/cahp/hhp/Outdoor_Adventure_Leadership.htm.