2016-01-07 Fremont County Search & Rescue 2016 Board Members Election

Fremont County Search & Rescue held their Board Member Elections at its annual Membership Meeting Wednesday, January 6. Officers and responsibilities were shuffled for 2016. Justin Liebert was voted in as Commander, just completing a 2 year Board of Director position. Randy Gravatt was voted in as Vice Commander leaving a 1 year Director position open. Eric Thomas was re-elected to Secretary/Treasurer. Cody and Ryan Wright were each elected to a 2 Year Director position. Ron Sykes rolled over from the 2015 2 Year Director to a 2016 1 Year Director. Jerah Martindale was elected to finish Randy’s 1 Year Director position, and Brett Mackert assumes the Past Commander Board Member position. Appointed positions are as follows: Medical Committee: Randy Gravatt and Tom Howell. Climb Equipment Quartermasters: Brett Mackert, Chad Nash, & Kent Daniels. Rolling Stock Quartermasters: Brett Mackert & Ron Sykes. Scribe: Annie Stephens. Web Developer: Richard Birch.

Past Commander, Brett Mackert, said to the unit, “It is very important for everybody to continue to come to the searches and activities and to participate to the best of their ability, whatever that ability is. I want to thank Eric (Thomas) for being the secretary he has been. Eric has done a great deal for this unit in his capacity, and that has not limited him much. For the rest of you in the unit and those of you who have served in different positions, I would like to say, 'Thank You'. You have done a great job. Keep up the good work. You know saving lives is kind of the name of the game. Don’t ever think that getting rest is more important than going out and saving lives because it is not, and it never will be.”.

Fremont County Sheriff, Len Humphries, addressed the unit after the elections stating, “I would like to say, 'Thank You', to Brett for everything he has done for this organization. I would like to say, 'Thank You', to all of you for all that you do for Search and Rescue and for Fremont County. It is very much appreciated.”.

Fremont County Junior Search & Rescue’s 2016 elections went as follows: Stetson Liebert (Jr. Commander), and Mattie Martindale (Jr. Secretary) were re-elected to their positions, and Stetson Dutton was elected to the Jr. Vice Commander.

The new Commander, Justin Liebert, told the membership: “I appreciate your trust me in the position that Brett has lead it up to be. Brett is still the guy that I am going to have to learn from. I want you to still respect his position. When we’re on the hill, there is no better guy in the world that I trust with my life than Brett Mackert. If we were to lose Brett, where would this unit be? We would be in trouble, it would be tough, and this unit would be scrambling. Brett, his wife, and his family have lived Search and Rescue for over 25 years. That man deserves our respect. That being said, I don’t mind taking some of the responsibilities to relieve the load on his shoulders, but it is going to take all of us. Remember every one of us are part of this Search and Rescue Unit.”

2016-08-27 Demolition Derby Fundraiser

Fremont County Search & Rescue (FCSAR) held their annual Demolition Derby fundraiser Saturday evening, at the Fremont County Fair Grounds,. This is a major source of money used to purchase new equipment, maintain and repair possessed equipment, provide training, and cover other expenses that arise during normal operations for FCSAR volunteer Search & Rescue Unit. The derby date was changed from the normal date, one week after the Blackfoot Fair Derby (September 17), to this last weekend in August to give those diehard derby participants a chance to run in all three derbies. FCSAR updated their rules to allow the cars built for Shelly’s Idaho Spud Derby to run in St. Anthony. Cars built for the Blackfoot Fair Derby were also allowed to run in St. Anthony. "This year we tried many different things for a successful derby. We changed the date, changed the rules, solicited added purse sponsors, paid back the registration fees to all drivers who made it into the main event, invited Mad Marvin Productions to run Figure 8 races before and in-between heats. We anticipate everyone in the crowd and all the derby participants are talking about how much fun this derby was, making next year even better," stated Eric Thomas, FCSAR Secretary.

The winners of the Full Size Class are: 1st Place Shane Roedel, 2nd Place Riley Monson, and 3rd Place Virgil Tedrew. The Mini Class winners are: 1st Place Monte Dobson, 2nd Place Drew Hanks, and 3rd Place Scotty Burch. Pickup Class winners are: 1st Place David Knowles, and 2nd Place C.J. Hutchens.

The following business donated towards The 2016 Demolition Derby Fundraiser: Broulim’s Aspen Square, Economy Printing, Fremont County Fair Board, Fremont County Road & Bridge, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho Central Credit Union, Joe Williams, Mad Marvin Productions, Matt’s Meats, Parker’s Sanitation, Performance Motor Sports, Pioneer Days committee, Rich Broadcasting, St. Anthony EMS, South Fremont Fire, Tractor Sales & Auto, and Wilmore Lumber.

The following Businesses donated money to the added purse: Fremont County Search & Rescue, Idaho Central Credit Union, Larsen’s Service & Repair, Fremont Communications, Bank of Idaho, Straight Edge Auto Restoration, Crapo Trucking, The Pump Dr., Economy Printing, East Idaho Credit Union, Sam’s Western Catering, and Highland Entertainment. Performance Motor Sports donated items for the Driver Raffle and items to throw into the crowd.

Fremont County Search & Rescue thanks all of the sponsors for their donations that help make it possible to put this derby on year after year. They thank all of the added purse sponsors that make the payouts appealing so we have participants. They thank the Derby Drivers and Pit Crew, the stars of the show. Last but certainly not least, they thank the Fans, without them there would be no reason to have the derby.

2016-09-04 Fremont County Search & Rescue Hosts ISSAR Fall Trail Ride

Starting Friday, Fremont County Search & Rescue (FCSAR) hosted the 2016 Idaho State Search and Rescue (ISSAR) Fall Trail Ride and meeting in St. Anthony. Activities started with a pistol shoot and dinner on Friday. Saturday after breakfast, activities included rock climbing / repelling exercises. After lunch the group went on an ATV trail ride through the Hole in the Wall or a 4X4 trail ride through the desert, both ending at the natural Land Bridge, and stopping at the Civil Defense Cave before returning to St. Anthony. Activities concluded with the Fall Business Meeting Sunday morning. Close to 60 search and rescue personnel and guests from around the state were in attendance, some as far away as Washington County.

Typically when FCSAR hosts a state meeting they inevitably get called out on a search, this weekend was not exception, it happened twice.