SNAKE RIVER SEARCH INC

Idaho Falls, ID   |  snakeriversearch.org

Mission

TO SERVE THE PUBLIC WELFARE IN ANY DISASTER, CATASTROPHE OR EMERGENCY TO RENDER AID AND ASSISTANCE FOR GOVERNMENTAL, LAW ENFORECEMENT AND GOVERNING AGENCIES WHEN REQUESTED

Ruling year info

2006

Chief Executive Officer

James Case

Chief Operating Officer

David Ferguson

Main address

Po Box 1663

Idaho Falls, ID 83403 USA

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Formerly known as

Bonneville County Sheriff's Search and Rescue

EIN

20-1959210

NTEE code info

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of Snake River Search, Inc.(SRS) is to provide support to Search and Rescue teams throughout the Intermountain West by employing advanced search techniques and conducting Search and Rescue related research, development, training and deployment.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

K9 Search

Provide professional level K9 Search teams to support the needs of local law enforcement and the public.

Population(s) Served

Provides advanced unmanned aerial support to public agencies for missing person searches.

Population(s) Served

This is an educational program managed by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) aimed at children to help prevent missing person situations.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Hug-a-tree and survive

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of training events conducted both for professional development of volunteers and for awareness/safety of the general public

Number of hours of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Hug-a-tree and survive

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hours calculated based on attendance number times hours of training

Number of Missing Person searches supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

K9 Search

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of missing person searches where SRS was called upon to provide support in the form of K9 teams, sUAS(Drone) teams, or other related search support.

Number of Public Service personnel provided training on sUASz(small unmanned aerial systems -aka 'drones') employment and preparation for FAA certification.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

sUAS/Drone search support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of Public Service personnel who have been provided training to enhance existing and developing sUAS programs

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Snake River Search (SRS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The corporation originated in 1958 and has operated over the years as “Bonneville County Sheriff's Jeep Patrol" and “Bonneville County Sheriff's Search and Rescue". Membership consists of highly committed and well-trained volunteers who have hundreds of years combined experience and have donated tens of thousands of hours and miles providing services. No member receives compensation for their time, supplies, clothing or the services they provide. The organization is funded totally by donations, grants, fundraisers and the contributions of its members.

SRS is focused on leveraging the technical expertise and dedication of our members to provide advanced support capabilities to assist responsible agencies in the conduct, and resolution, of the missing person search. Additionally, SRS provides training to search personnel from other agencies in advanced technologies, and to the general public (particularly children) on safety and prevention.

SEARCH CANINE SUPPORT
SRS dogs and handlers are competent, skilled teams that have passed, or are actively working to pass, rigorous testing to become certified by the National Search Dog Alliance (NSDA), the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and Tri-State K9s in: Air Scent, Tracking, Water and Cadaver Search. SRS presently has nine certified canines and three in training.
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REMOTE AND ENHANCED SEARCH SUPPORT
SRS is at the forefront of the development of the effective use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) to support the search for missing persons. We currently have four FAA certified sUAS pilots and have developed a training program for both pilots and support personnel. This training is for both our own personnel and those from other agencies. SRS currently has ten sUAS platforms available for use owned by SRS or SRS personnel.
SEARCH ANALYSIS SUPPORT
SRS has a mobile support center where search data is compiled and analyzed. The team utilizes advanced geographical information system (GIS) mapping, coupled with detailed analysis of past and on-going field search data, to allow for 3-dimensional analysis of the search area and to develop future strategies.

PREVENTATIVE SEARCH AND RESCUE
SRS members have presented the Preventative Search and Rescue program "Hug A Tree and Survive" to thousands of kids throughout Southeastern Idaho, and continue to offer this service to school groups, civic groups, church groups, and other organizations free of charge. SRS also attends safety fairs and presents safety tips to adults and children.
TRAINING
Provide training to both SRS personnel and those from other agencies in advanced search techniques including sUAS/Drone, communications, mapping & analysis, and K9 team development.

During 2017 SRS:
Participated in 6 missing person searches.
K9 teams passed 19 evaluations.
Four sUAS/Drone pilots certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted training for SRS and personnel from other agencies.
Developed a sUAS Drone pilot training program (oriented to FAA Part 107 certification) which will begin in January 2018 and has 20 students enrolled from various agencies and SRS.
K9 Teams supported and participated in excess of 100 training and evaluation events involving SRS teams and teams from other agencies.
Conducted 10 preventative SAR events for more than 500 children and adults.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SNAKE RIVER SEARCH INC

Board of directors
as of 03/27/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

James Case


Board co-chair

Dave Ferguson

Stan Fenn

Danny Anderson

Mary Anderson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No