State Launches New Backcountry Emergency Radio Channel – Buckrail

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WYOMING – The State of Wyoming has set up a new radio channel for backcountry emergency use.

Although the channel is not a 911-type service, it will help search and rescue teams locate people in the event of an emergency. 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 unit. In the event of an emergency, search and rescue personnel will be able to reach you on the canal.

Wyoming search and rescue personnel average more than 300 missions a year across the state for those who become lost or stranded. Although several of those rescued were from out of state, a higher number were Wyoming residents.

“The most common missions involve searches for people who were hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing/snowboarding, or related to motor vehicles,” the Wyoming Bureau of Homeland Security said.

Here are some steps you can take to increase your chances of being rescued:

  • Buy an FRS/GMRS compatible radio or walkie-talkie and program channel 307 into the radio
  • Program on 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 expect to return. Ask local authorities if a registration form is available
  • Pack the appropriate equipment and supplies
  • Check the weather forecast and avalanche forecast

You can see more Wyoming search and rescue statistics at www.wohs.us.

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Buckrail @ Caroline

Caroline Chapman is a community news reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing the piano in her spare time. Her favorite aspect of life in Jackson is the genuine admiration the people of Wyoming share for the land and the life it supports.

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