Hamilton Woman Injured in Snowmobile Crash

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

Tuesday at 12:33 p.m. West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call from a snowmobiler reporting that his wife had tipped her snowmobile over on the trail. The 49 year old female from Hamilton Montana, had suffered a possible broken collar bone when the snowmobile she was riding overturned on a corner , ejected and rolled over her.

Rescuers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Hebgen Basin Fire Department and Forest Service Law Enforcement responded.

She was located on the Madison Arm Trail  5 miles north of West Yellowstone. The injured snowmobiler was loaded onto the passenger seat of a tracked four wheeler and transported safely to rendezvous with a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department Ambulance.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin says snowmobilers need to be alert for changing trial conditions and operate at a speed that will allow them to remain in control of the machine. Recent warm weather combined with rain and sleet has created rough and icy conditions on the trail systems.

Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office

 

 

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Florida Woman Rescued after Snowmobile Crash

(West Yellowstone, Mont.)

On 02/01/2018 at 11:13 a.m. West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call from a snowmobiler reporting that his wife, a 53 year old female from Jacksonville Florida, had been injured in a single snowmobile crash.  She had suffered a broken arm and possible dislocated shoulder when the snowmobile she was riding went off the trail and struck a tree.

Volunteer Rescuers from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Forest Service Law Enforcement and Hebgen Basin Fire Department responded.

Rescuers located the injured snowmobiler approximately 6.2 miles west of West Yellowstone using GPS coordinates retrieved from the 911 call. They loaded her onto a rescue sled and transported her to a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department Ambulance.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to ride cautiously while keeping a sharp eye out for changing trail conditions. Heavily used trails tend to become rough and unpredictable. Travel at a speed slow enough to allow you to properly steer your machine away from any obstacle.

Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office

 

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Take The Plunge For Special Olympics

Want to make a real splash?  Join us for the 16th Annual President’s Plunge for Special Olympics Montana.  President’s Day Weekend Saturday February 17th 2018 at 12 PM.  Brave souls with warm hearts will plunge themselves into the icy waters of the East Gallatin Rec Area off Manley Road in Bozeman to raise funds and support for our Montana Special Olympics athletes.  Parking is limited.  There is free parking at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds with a shuttle running from 10AM to 2PM. 

We’ll have crazy costumes, prizes, Chevy truck raffle tickets and the all-important hot tub.  Don’t be left out in the cold.  Grab friends, family and co-workers and get out there.  Take the plunge yourself or just come out to cheer.

 

For more information or to register go to www.somt.org/plunge.

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GCSO to Host CIT Academy

   Crisis  Intervention

 Team  Academy # 12

 

Date: February 12-16, 2018

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 Location: Bobcat Stadium

1 Bobcat Circle, Bozeman MT 59717

 

This CIT academy is based on the Memphis model.

Its purpose is to assist first responders (law enforcement officers), detention staff, and dispatchers in engaging, assessing, and assisting individuals in crisis with mental and/or co-occurring substance disorders. CIT is a 40-hour evidence based training that encompasses tools and skills needed for first responders, detention staff, and dispatchers to better manage individuals presenting with mental health and/or co-occurring substance disorders.  This training exposes the participants to materials and experiences from trained mental health and medical professionals to better prepare them to effectively and safely work with this unique population.

 

This training is for all law enforcement officers, Detention Officers, and Dispatchers in the State of Montana.

After successful completion of this forty-hour course,

the law enforcement officer will be certified by Montana

DPHHS Addictive & Mental Disorders Division

and Montana P.O.S.T. as a CIT Officer.

CIT Academy instruction includes:

Suicide assessment and intervention

Substance abuse and dual diagnosis

Introduction to mental illness

Psychotropic medications

Legal issues

Elderly and children’s issues

Developmental disabilities

Intervention strategies

Scenario training

Site visits 

Tuition:      $125.00 per student

For registration or further information, contact:

Chelsey Pengra

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator

chelsey.pengra@gallatin.mt.gov

Office (406) 580-2130

 

Pre-registration is required.

Limited space  available.

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Injured Snowmobiler Rescued

On 01/29/2018, at approximately 2:16 p.m. The West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call from a snowmobiler reporting that a member of her snowmobiling group was injured. The injured snowmobiler, a 68 year-old female from Idaho Falls, Idaho, had suffered a possible broken ankle when the snowmobile she was riding as a passenger on overturned pinning her leg underneath. The operator of the snowmobile was attempting to maneuver up a slight incline onto a smoother portion of the trail when the snowmobile overturned.

Personnel from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, and Hebgen Basin Fire Department responded to assist with the rescue.

Rescuers quickly located the injured snowmobiler on the Idaho/Montana border south of West Yellowstone using the GPS coordinates retrieved from the 911 call and assessed her condition. The injured snowmobiler was loaded into a rescue sled and transported safely to West Yellowstone where a Hebgen Basin Fire Department Ambulance transported her to Rexburg for evaluation.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind beginner snowmobilers to ride within their skill level and stay on marked trails. Operators should understand that riding with a passenger complicates the operation of the snowmobile by adding weight and hindering maneuverability.

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Bozeman Skier Helped out of Blackmore

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

Sunday at 3:30 a member of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team was flagged down at the Blackmore Trailhead in Hyalite Canyon.  An MSU freshman had been hiking the Blackmore trail when he came across two skiers just off the trail.  One of the skiers had suffered a severely dislocated shoulder and was having difficulty continuing down the mountain. The reporting party was able to mark a GPS location for the skiers and then hiked back to the trailhead to get help.

Rescues were able to reach the skiers via snowmobile and skis. The 43 year old man from Bozeman was loaded into a sled and GCSAR skiers brought him and his partner to an AMR ambulance waiting at the trailhead.  He was transported to BDH.

Photo courtesy of the Sheriffs Office and Clay Croft

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Skier Fatality

(Big Sky, Mont.)

On Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at 3:35 p.m., paramedics from the Big Sky Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a 37 year old male skier who had struck a tree on Elkhorn Run at Big Sky Resort.  The Office of the Sheriff/Coroner has identified the man as Matthew Jay Montag of Washington, D.C.  Mr. Montag was located by fellow skiers who performed CPR until Big Sky Resort Ski Patrol arrived on scene.  Members of ski patrol took over life saving measures and moved him to a helicopter landing zone.  He was later pronounced dead by a physician. #####

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Dangerous Road Conditions on I90

The Fort Ellis Fire Department agrees with the Bozeman Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Committee in calling for a reduced speed limit on I90 from the top of Bozeman Pass to Belgrade, says Mike Cech, Chief of the Fort Ellis Fire Department. Chief Cech notes that in 2017 Fort Ellis responded to I90 115 times and for 24 calls in December and 13 calls so far this month. Of these calls, 19 have been in a 3 mile stretch between Bear Canyon and Trail Creek where I90 enters Rocky Creek Canyon. This area is notorious (to us) for developing black ice when approached from the West where roads are clear and dry. Chief Cech observes that a lower speed limit will potentially serve to reduce accidents and improve public and responder safety. Timely highway maintenance, improved road surface treatment, and signage would go a long way to reducing accidents and will also improve highway safety in these high accident locations during bad weather as will warnings posted on the sign board at MP310.

In summary, Chief Cech asks all travelers to slow down and watch out for changing conditions between Bozeman and Livingston.

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911 Misdials

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has seen a spike in the number of 911 misdials or pocket dials in recent months. These calls congest the 911 dispatch center and divert public safety personnel and resources from actual emergency calls.

In Gallatin County, 911 misdials are commonly received throughout the year but spike in summer and winter months when larger numbers of people come to the area to visit and recreate. This winter season the Sheriff’s Office has seen a drastic increase in accidental 911 calls. In November, the Sheriff’s Office received 107 911 misdials and 248 in December.  January is on course to be as high as December, if not higher.

The majority of the 911 misdials received by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office in the winter months come from the ski slopes of Big Sky and Bridger Bowl. Skiers and snowboarders unknowingly activate the emergency call features on their cellular phones and watches while skiing and snowboarding.

Understanding how your particular cellular device works is important in order to prevent the activation of the emergency call features. It is also important to know how to properly store your device while recreating outdoors to avoid accidental misdials as cold weather can also cause the emergency features to activate and call 911.

In the event you do accidentally call 911, please stay on the phone, be courteous and answer all questions asked. This will allow dispatchers and law enforcement to quickly address and close the calls and move on to other pressing matters.

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Law Enforcement Seeks Public Assistance

                                   

Law Enforcement Seeks Public’s Assistance

The Belgrade Police Department and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in a recent criminal case.

Law enforcement is seeking the following items, possibly disposed of after a criminal act: one pair of tan boots, one pair of tan/black hiking shoes, two pairs of gloves, a Garmin GPS unit and a pistol. Law enforcement requests if anyone locates items consistent with the above listed items to not disturb the evidence and immediately call the Belgrade Police Department at 406-388-4262.

You may remain anonymous. Persons providing information leading to the recovery of the above items may be eligible for a reward.

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