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Bill Sinclair: giving back through search and rescue

“He has done a great deal of improvements in facilities, equipment and training … his group is the poster child for search and rescue groups in our state,” said Frank Colwell, one of the few people to nominate Bill Sinclair for The Madisonian’s volunteer spotlight.

Madison County emergency services rely on volunteer help; numbers have dwindled

It is no secret that nationwide, volunteer services are dwindling and disappearing – Madison County is no exception. A giant red sign hangs outside Sheridan’s town hall that reads VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, the Ruby Valley Ambulance has posted ads in The Madisonian looking for volunteers and the same holds true in the Madison Valley, as the ambulance and fire departments are struggling to keep a full and active roster.

Ruby Valley SAR simulates incident command, practices search for missing people

“What we have is a wife,” said Rick Hafenfeld with Ruby Valley Search and Resuce at the start of the organization’s June 4 training. “She’s divorced and a school teacher in Helena. She has two kids and she reluctantly allowed them to go camping with their dad.”
Hafenfeld described the ‘dad’ in the scenario as a “deadbeat.”
“He was supposed to check in with the ex-wife, and he hasn’t been,” he said. “She’s coming here for an interview, and we’re going to break down in to three units – planning, logistics and operations.”


Jefferson River scoured for missing Butte man over the weekend; body recovered Tuesday — At 8:45 a.m. on May 10, a Whitehall area resident reported to 911 what appeared to be a body floating in the Jefferson River near Cardwell, according to Madison County Sheriff Roger Thompson. “Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, […]

Ruby Valley Search and Rescue holds ice rescue training

“This is the time of the year fishermen fall through rotten ice,” said Bill Sinclair president of Ruby Valley Search and Rescue. “So we went out and trained for it.”
Seven members of the Ruby Valley SAR donned dry suits and took an icy plunge into the Ruby Reservoir on Saturday, March 5.

Ruby Valley SAR participates in rigorous training program

On Jan. 17, a group of dedicated search and rescue volunteers practiced avalanche rescues and learned snowmobile techniques deep in the backcountry of the Upper Ruby as part of Ruby Valley SAR training.