WYOMING — The State of Wyoming has set up a new radio channel for emergency use in the backcountry.
While the channel is not a 911 type service, it will help Search and Rescue teams locate individuals during emergencies. The channel is not actively monitored by Search and Rescue unless a search is in progress.
To use the new channel on a handheld radio, program “307” into the device. During an emergency, Search & Rescue personnel will be able to reach you on the channel.
Wyoming search and rescue personnel conduct an average of more than 300 missions annually across the state for those who become lost or stranded. Although several of the people rescued were from out of state, a higher number of them were Wyoming residents.
“The most common missions involve searches for people who were hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing/snowboarding, or they were motor vehicle related,” said the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security.
Here are some steps you can take to increase your chances of being rescued:
- Buy an FRS/GMRS capable radio or walkie-talkie and program the 307 channel into the radio
- Program to UHF 462.6125 Privacy Code 85.4 or Channel 3 and Privacy code 07 (307)
- Always tell someone where you are going and when you plan on coming back. Ask local authorities if a check-in form is available
- Pack appropriate gear and supplies
- Check the weather and avalanche forecast
You can see more statistics about Search and Rescue operations in Wyoming at www.wohs.us.