New Radios Improve Libby Search and Rescue Team’s Reach
A $28,000 grant to David Thompson Search and Rescue on July 29, 2022
When a young local boy went missing near Libby this past spring, the David Thompson Search and Rescue (DTSAR) team, a volunteer SAR group that responds to dozens of calls each year, was asked to help law enforcement in the search effort. The team’s aging, short-distance radios were problematic, though: The rugged, mountainous terrain around Libby interferes with the signals, making it difficult for volunteer rescuers to communicate beyond a couple miles. While fortunately the boy was found alive, the team realized it needed to address its technology problem and reached out to LOR for help purchasing 25 new radios and five repeaters that will allow volunteers to communicate more efficiently across longer distances.
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