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Montana first responders use math and science to train for rescue missions

Posted at 10:23 AM, Jan 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-12 12:23:02-05

MISSOULA — Emergency responders from around the state trained at Flathead Valley's Office of Emergency Services using math and science to increase search and rescue accuracy.

Flathead County Undersheriff Wayne DuBois said data gathered from over 150,000 searches were used in Friday's training.

Data that will increase search and rescue accuracy.

The company, Emergency Response International based out of Washington State looks at previous rescue missions and trains responders to react quickly and effectively, which is crucial when searching for lost hikers and avalanche victims.

Like in the Lake Dinah avalanche last week, where two snowmobilers died.

DuBois said when it's a matter of life and death, seconds matter.

He explained that today's training helps responders be more prepared and focused.

"This class gives us a proven method to be more effective. So, again rather than just going out and walking around, we're making some kind of an effort to try and have a focused effort," said DuBois.

First responders will be able to take the information and immediately apply it to emergency rescue missions.