At no time will snow rescue equipment be operated by non-department members. Only snow rescue team members that have been properly trained are to operate equipment. Proper winter clothing will be worn at all times, and helmets worn by all operators and passengers including reflective vests. Proper snowmobiling etiquette must be used at all times. Any misuse, damage, or accidents are to be reported immediately through the chain of command.
MAST helicopter would be the best mode of transporting patient(s) to medical facility and should be put on standby as soon as possible if there is a potential need. Due to winter weather this may not always be possible. Patient would then have to be transported by rescue ground crews. The safety of rescuers and patient/s are the top priority in all missions.
If more help is anticipated or needed other team members may be asked to respond. At the time of dispatch Yakima County Search & Rescue Shall be notified, and were the command post/staging and approximate location or area of the patient. They will be asked to meet at the staging area if needed. Any special needs are to be communicated with them.
Out of District Response
Dispatch will contact Duty Officer first. Then after consulting the District Duty Officer activate all four station pagers for snow rescue team, members. Station four may be dispatched to transport snow rescue equipment to a designated meeting point, or the Duty Officer will respond to station four and pickup the equipment. The Duty Officer will contact three team members one being a team leader. No team member is to respond with out contacting the Duty Officer. Only our personnel are to operate the equipment. Requesting agency personnel may ride as passengers, provided they have the proper clothing. Anyone riding or driving snowmobiles will wear reflective vests.
Team members are encouraged to call the Duty Officer if they are available to respond.
Every effort will be made to use different personnel on each mission. This will help maintain skills and interest.
Equipment will be kept in a ready response state at all times. Safety checks will be performed as machines, sleds and equipment are unloaded from trailer. Only equipment approved will be allowed to trailer equipment. The snow machines are not to tow other sleds.
Members of the rescue team will be assigned each year. Three areas of participation will be used: team leaders, operators, and support members. Training in each category will happen during the winter season to keep members current with equipment and responsibility. Each area of participation will the following amount of hours of documented training time each year either on the district sled or private.