Gallatin County Sheriff's Department unveils new message for backcountry recreators


BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office unveiled a new public service announcement Monday to encourage safety in the backcountry.

Gallatin County Search and Rescue is one of the busiest crews in the Northwest, responding to an average of 100 calls a year.

The new PSA emphasizes knowing your limits, knowing the terrain and traveling with a partner.

Sheriff's Lieutenant Jason Jarrett tells us the spot was put together at almost no cost using local volunteers.

He says, "If you would look over the past 20 years the technology and the capabilities that allow people to get in to very hazardous terrain, way far back and way up high has increased.  So there are more people in more dangerous terrain now because the can get there.

Search and Rescue in Gallatin County is taxpayer funded.  It operates with an annual budget of around $250,000 a year.

Lieutenant Jarrett says the average cost of an operation is around $280.

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