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2015 SEARCH AND RESCUE ANNUAL REPORT


Photo courtesy: Joe Dougherty, 2015

2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report The Search and Rescue Advisory Board*:

Note from the Chairman: We have closed another successful year within Utah with various search and rescue efforts supported by the Search and Rescue Financial Assistance Program. The Search and Rescue Advisory Board said farewell to Deb Burcombe, who served 17 years. We welcomed Anna Rae Garrett as our Citizen-At-Large board member. We welcomed the new sheriffs that were sworn in January 2015. Years of camaraderie and training came together as various agencies responded to support the search and recovery efforts of the Hildale flash flooding incident in September. We recognize and appreciate the time and skills of responders as well as the leadership of Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Another big item within 2015 was the passing of the bill creating the Utah Search and Rescue Assistance Card. We hope this program brings more financial support to county search and rescue teams. Key statistics from the 2015 Search and Rescue Reimbursement Program include: -

Steven White, Utah Sheriffs Association, Chair Jim Porter, Utah Search and Rescue Association, Co-Chair Monte Coleman, Utah Search and Rescue Association Nathan Curtis, Utah Sheriff’s Association Cory Pulsipher, Utah Sheriff’s Association Kris Hamlet, Director, Utah Division of Emergency Management Anna Rae Garrett, Citizen-at-Large

Board Support

$272,054 total reimbursement to participating counties 22 counties submitting financial and statistical reports 1,444 people rescued by search and rescue team efforts

Kevin Bolander, Legal Counsel, Utah Attorney General’s Office

In fiscal year 2015, we had fewer search reimbursement requests. Because of this we were able to pay out a larger percentage of requests related to equipment. As always, we were also able to reimburse 100% of eligible search and training requests.

Tara Behunin, Admin Support, Utah Division of Emergency Management (*These members are appointed to meet the terms according to Section 53-2a-1103).

The Search and Rescue Advisory Board appreciates the time and dedication of all search and rescue teams throughout the state.

Sincerely,

Sheriff Steve White, Chair

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2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report The House Bill

Search and Rescue Data

In 1997, John L. Valentine sponsored House Bill 32, creating the Search and Rescue (SAR) Financial Assistance Program. The Act, relating to public safety, imposes a Search and Rescue surcharge or fee to off-highway registered or renewed vehicles, registered or renewed motorboats and sailboats, and annual wildlife habitat authorizations. These contributions are deposited into the State General Fund and dedicated to the Search and Rescue Financial Assistance Program.

In Utah, each SAR mission is assigned a unique incident number to identify all reported events. All reports are filed with the Division of Emergency Management (DEM). The data from these incidents is entered into the SAR database and used to generate the statistics found in this report. The primary source of this data comes from the County Sheriffs’ Offices, who respond to the majority of the missions in the state.

These funds are available to reimburse counties for any reasonable costs incidental to search and rescue activities, not including any salary or overtime paid to any person on a regular or permanent payroll, including permanent part-time employees. Some of the approved costs are as follows:

All the data found in this report is derived from the reports submitted by the county sheriffs. The database includes only partial data. If DEM does not receive a report, then the SAR missions for that county are not portrayed in the annual report.

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Rental for fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, snowmobiles, boats, and generators; Replacement and upgrade of search and rescue equipment; Training of search and rescue volunteers; and Any other equipment or expenses necessary or appropriate for conducting search and rescue activities.

The Search and Rescue Advisory Board has established the reporting requirements and reviews all submitted expenses. Currently, the statutory reference, authority and requirements for the Search and Rescue Financial Assistance Program can be found in Utah State Code: 53-2a-1101 through 53-2a-1104.

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2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report The following graph displays the total funds distributed to the counties for State Fiscal Year 2015.

Total Fund Distribution

This graph shows the total funds distributed according to how the money was spent for State Fiscal Year 2015.

Total Fund Distribution

Amount Reimbursed $18,000

$15,000

Equipment

Search

$107,118 39%

$62,443 23%

$12,000

Search Training Equipment

$9,000

$6,000

Training $102,493 38%

Training

WAYNE

Equipment

WEBER

WASHINGTON

UTAH WASATCH

UINTAH

TOOELE

SEVIER

SUMMIT

SANPETE

SAN JUAN

RICH SALT LAKE

PIUTE

MORGAN

KANE MILLARD

IRON

JUAB

GRAND

EMERY

Search

GARFIELD

DAVIS

DUCHESNE

DAGGETT

CACHE

CARBON

$0 BEAVER BOX ELDER

County

$3,000

Total funds distributed in State Fiscal Year 2015 amounted to $272,054.

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2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report The following graph displays the total funds distributed to the counties for State Fiscal Years 1998 - 2015.

Search

Training

Equipment

Total Fund Distribution

Amount Reimbursed

County BEAVER BOX ELDER CACHE CARBON DAGGETT DAVIS DUCHESNE EMERY GARFIELD GRAND IRON JUAB KANE MILLARD MORGAN PIUTE RICH SALT LAKE SAN JUAN SANPETE SEVIER SUMMIT TOOELE UINTAH UTAH WASATCH WASHINGTON WAYNE WEBER

Total Fund Distribution

This graph shows the total funds distributed according to how the money was spent for State Fiscal Years 1998 2015.

$200,000 $190,000 $180,000 $170,000 $160,000 $150,000 $140,000 $130,000 $120,000 $110,000 $100,000 $90,000 $80,000 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0

Equipment $2,115,660 52%

Search $1,166,298 29%

Search Training Equipment Training $791,343 19%

Total funds distributed in State Fiscal Year 1998-2015 totals $4,073,301.

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2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report This table identifies the amount of funding reimbursed to each county during 2015. Funding is broken down into the three eligible categories for reimbursement.

BEAVER BOX ELDER CACHE CARBON DAGGETT DAVIS DUCHESNE EMERY GARFIELD GRAND IRON JUAB KANE MILLARD MORGAN PIUTE RICH SALT LAKE SAN JUAN SANPETE SEVIER SUMMIT TOOELE UINTAH UTAH WASATCH WASHINGTON WAYNE WEBER

Search $0 $0 $7,959 $0 $1,966 $59 $0 $2,643 $883 $3,585 $570 $0 $2,139 $944 $0 $0 $0 $1,229 $3,049 $1,116 $126 $12,744 $0 $0 $5,611 $5,659 $10,054 $664 $1,441

Training $0 $0 $15,296 $0 $14,089 $0 $0 $36 $770 $3,311 $1,894 $1,658 $47 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,008 $1,383 $4,449 $10,879 $1,827 $0 $0 $13,449 $6,646 $10,189 $5,849 $3,714

Equipment $0 $0 $18,449 $0 $2,460 $8,719 $80 $0 $4,813 $13,372 $3,764 $198 $4,148 $0 $0 $0 $4,148 $18,449 $0 $1,560 $1,220 $0 $0 $0 $18,449 $0 $3,143 $0 $4,148

This table identifies the amount of funding reimbursed to each county between 1998 and 2015. Funding is broken down into the three eligible categories for reimbursement.

BEAVER BOX ELDER CACHE CARBON DAGGETT DAVIS DUCHESNE EMERY GARFIELD GRAND IRON JUAB KANE MILLARD MORGAN PIUTE RICH SALT LAKE SAN JUAN SANPETE SEVIER SUMMIT TOOELE UINTAH UTAH WASATCH WASHINGTON WAYNE WEBER

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Search $2,540 $35,040 $84,710 $27,729 $8,625 $6,348 $3,144 $54,446 $14,084 $81,691 $8,643 $0 $45,160 $8,349 $4,077 $4,467 $210 $121,985 $56,190 $10,731 $18,302 $167,178 $22,132 $1,805 $125,154 $87,054 $123,600 $21,712 $21,192

Training $3,150 $11,560 $136,499 $40,143 $56,168 $15,064 $533 $2,204 $1,898 $23,864 $8,181 $3,527 $19,675 $0 $98 $0 $0 $95,469 $1,683 $23,092 $46,600 $36,031 $11,789 $0 $84,949 $22,101 $53,741 $13,215 $80,141

Equipment $33,097 $1,651 $191,608 $90,110 $9,249 $107,685 $38,497 $76,270 $49,663 $212,376 $140,824 $4,063 $44,279 $23,939 $20,320 $6,380 $4,148 $173,092 $628 $88,977 $73,563 $84,717 $24,031 $5,425 $160,010 $158,916 $106,209 $10,732 $175,299


2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report This graph depicts the total work hours as a percentage for 2015 by county. The types of work include volunteer non-paid/non-SAR hours, volunteer non-paid SAR hours, and paid hours.

Total Hours Worked as a Percentage

This graph represents the same data for total search and rescue hours worked by each county during 2015.

Work Hours 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10%

County

WAYNE

WEBER

WASHINGTON

UTAH

WASATCH

SEVIER

SUMMIT

SANPETE

SAN JUAN

RICH SALT LAKE

MILLARD

JUAB

KANE

IRON

GRAND

EMERY

GARFIELD

DAVIS

DUCHESNE

DAGGETT

CACHE

CARBON

0%

Volunteer Non-Paid/Non-SAR Hours Volunteer Non-Paid SAR Hours Paid Hours

Total volunteer non-paid/non-SAR = 2,384 hours Total volunteer non-paid SAR =28,910 hours Total paid personnel=8,703 hours

Total personnel hours for the state in the year of 2015 amounted to 39,997 hours.

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2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report This graph depicts the total work hours, as a percentage, for 1998 - 2015 by county. The types of work include volunteer non-paid/non-SAR hours, volunteer non-paid SAR hours, and paid hours.

This graph represents the same data for total hours worked by county.

Total Hours Worked as a Percentage 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10%

BEAVER BOX ELDER CACHE CARBON DAGGETT DAVIS DUCHESNE EMERY GARFIELD GRAND IRON JUAB KANE MILLARD MORGAN PIUTE RICH SALT LAKE SAN JUAN SANPETE SEVIER SUMMIT TOOELE UINTAH UTAH WASATCH WASHINGTON WAYNE WEBER

0% Work Hours

County Volunteer Non-Paid/Non-SAR Hours Volunteer Non-Paid SAR Hours Paid Hours

Total volunteer non-paid/non-SAR = 101,782 hours Total volunteer non-paid SAR= 512,356 hours Total paid = 159,670 hours

Total personnel hours for state in years 1998 through 2015 amounted to 773,808 hours.

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2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report This graph depicts the number of SAR missions occurring by county during state year 2015.

This graph depicts the number of SAR missions occurring by county for state year’s 1998 - 2015.

Number of Missions, 1998 - 2015

Number of Missions in 2015 125

1,557

120 111

1,500

1,465

110 100 90 1,062

80 69

1,000

70 60

47

648

50

46

43

619

592

40

452

30 22 22 22

16

17

0

1

4

1

11

9 5

8

20

6 1

0

5

149

366 359

104 62

There were a total of 604 missions submitted to the SAR Advisory Board for state year 2015.

100

106 116 53 22 11 9

176 88 37 40

There were a total of 9,665 missions submitted to the SAR Advisory Board from 1998-2015.

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500

240 181

110

10

BEAVER BOX ELDER CACHE CARBON DAGGETT DAVIS DUCHESNE EMERY GARFIELD GRAND IRON KANE MILLARD RICH SALT LAKE SAN JUAN SANPETE SEVIER SUMMIT UTAH WASATCH WASHINGTON WAYNE WEBER

0

7

306

BEAVER BOX ELDER CACHE CARBON DAGGETT DAVIS DUCHESNE EMERY GARFIELD GRAND IRON KANE JUAB MILLARD MORGAN PIUTE RICH SALT LAKE SAN JUAN SANPETE SEVIER SUMMIT TOOELE UINTAH UTAH WASATCH WASHINGTON WAYNE WEBER

11

631

0


2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report This graph depicts the residency of the victims on the SAR reports for 2015. It explains whether the victims are from the county where the search was conducted or from outside of that county.

Victims Residence in 2015

179

160

140

120

100

83 79

80

58

60 60

52 40

36

40

19 6

14

9

9

WAYNE

WASHINGTON

WASATCH

UTAH

0 1

Out of County

The total number of victims who live in the counties where the search took place was 332. Sixty-three percent of victims (888 total) were rescued in a county in which they don’t reside.

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20

4 0

WEBER

11

SEVIER

SALT LAKE

MILLARD

In County

19 15

2

1 RICH

4 3

1

11

SANPETE

13

KANE

0 0 JUAB

2

IRON

5

2 GRAND

0 EMERY

01 DUCHESNE

2 DAVIS

DAGGETT

CARBON

CACHE

0 1

11

GARFIELD

7

8

13

SUMMIT

19

19 11

SAN JUAN

28

30


2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report This graph depicts the residency of the victims on the SAR reports from 1998 through 2015. It explains whether the victims are from the county where the search was conducted or from outside of that county.

Victims' Residence, 1998 - 2015 1,883

1,800 1,600

1,558

1,400 1,200 1,000

963 889 766

800

737

600 498

476 419

400

In County

The total number of victims who live in the counties where the search took place is 5,678. The total number of victims who live outside of the counties is 7,540.

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0

WEBER

WASHINGTON

Out of County

WAYNE

21

2

WASATCH

29

UTAH

TOOELE

8 16

UINTAH

32

200

150

84

SUMMIT

1 16

242 228

172193

SEVIER

68

165 137

SANPETE

0 11

SAN JUAN

31 43

SALT LAKE

25

9

RICH

48

PIUTE

19

126

MORGAN

90

205

MILLARD

112

KANE

76

JUAB

DAVIS

DAGGETT

CARBON

CACHE

70 22

269

233

179

IRON

101

5

BOX ELDER

BEAVER

1 8

80

204

GARFIELD

113 69

DUCHESNE

144 70

256

GRAND

272

EMERY

327


2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report This graph displays the various activities that required the assistance of the Search and Rescue teams during 2015.

This graph shows the types of activities that required the assistance of the Search and Rescue teams from 19982015.

Types of Activity in 2015

Types of Activity in 1998 - 2015 2,147

207

200

2,000

160

120

1,500

80 51

726

713

*Other

625 483 390

500

344

325

283

252

2

46 0

*Other

Tourist / Sight Seeing

Suicide

Snowmobiler

8

Walker

44 49

Tubing

80 3 Motorcylcist

40

17

Tornado

91 41

Ski/Snowboard

Avalanche

ATV

Automobile

Aircraft

4 WD

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83

20

159

Swimmer

139

65

*The high number of “Other” is due to “N/A” responses in the Activity Report.

157

Kidnapping

196 170

Accident

Tourist / Site Seeing Assist Law Enforcement

Suicide

Swimmer

Motorcylcist Skier/Snowboarder Snowmobiler

Missing Person

Hunter

Jeeper

Hiker Horse Rider

Climber

Fisherman

Camper

Biker Boating / rafting

ATV Automobile

4WD

Aircraft

0

Missing Person

12

Hunter

5

Jeeper

9

Hiker

7

7

Horse Rider

9

Flooding

3

ELT

17

14

1,000

19

Fisherman

18

Climber

9

3

32

28

Drowning

33

40

Boat

9

1,049 39

Camper

34

Biker

38


2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report This graph depicts the type of transportation utilized by Search and Rescue teams in 2015.

This graph depicts the number of hours or miles for the various types of transportation utilized in 2015.

Hours or Miles Reported in 2015

Types of Transportation in 2015

165,779

4,000

3,825

3,500

3,000

2,500 56,185

2,000

1,878

Other

0

Boats

Horses

Dogs

1,137 2,226

53

495

Other

124

Snowcats

537

ATV's

382

Snowmobiles

32

4 WD Vehicles

10

Snowcats

ATV's

Snowmobiles

32

Dogs

78

Horses

Boats

Ambulences

86

4 WD Vehicles

60

2 WD Vehicles

29

Fixed Wings

Helicopters

126

1,996

2 WD Vehicles

500

342

49

Ambulences

636

286

*Fixed Wings

1,000

Helicopters

1,500

Helicopters, fixed wings, boats, horses, dogs and snowcats are reported in hours. The other types of transportation are reported in miles.

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160,000 150,000 140,000 130,000 120,000 110,000 100,000 90,000 80,000 70,000 60,000 50,000 40,000 30,000 20,000 10,000 0


2015 Search and Rescue Annual Report This graph depicts the type of transportation utilized by Search and Rescue teams from 1998-2015.

This graph depicts the number of hours or miles for the different transportation types utilized from 1998 through 2015.

Types of Transportation, 1998 - 2015

Hours or Miles Reported, 1998 - 2015

57,315

50,000

1,824,251

1,800,000 1,650,000 1,500,000

40,000

1,350,000 1,200,000 1,050,000

30,000

939,200

27,300

900,000 750,000 600,000

20,000

450,000 300,000

Helicopters, fixed wings, boats, horses, dogs and snowcats are reported in hours. The other transportation is reported in miles.

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Other

Snowcats

ATV's

Dogs

9,284 39,699 31,045 6,811 17,006

Snowmobiles

Other

Snowcats

ATV's

Snowmobiles

Dogs

Horses

Boats

4 WD Vehicles

2 WD Vehicles

0

Horses

2,014

Boats

701

6,485 7,516

4 WD Vehicles

1,247 1,681

31,910

2 WD Vehicles

1,700

Ambulences

627

Fixed Wings

Helicopters

1,953

605

Ambulences

7,310 4,165

5,233

Fixed Wings

10,000

Helicopters

10,933

150,000 0

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