Henry County Sheriff's Mounted Search & Rescue Patrol

 

 

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Henry County Sheriff's Mounted Search & Rescue Unit is the establishment of a well-trained and fully equipped Search & Rescue Team capable of serving the public as a qualified resource that assists in locating lost, abducted, or missing persons in Henry County and surrounding areas in a timely and efficient manner without endangering the searchers or further hazarding the lost person.

 

What We Do

 

  • We participate in searches which are organized by the Sheriff.
  • We are strictly volunteer
  • We hold fund-raisers and sometimes receive donations to buy equipment such as radios, pagers, medical packs, and an occasional instructor when needed.
  • Each member owns his or her own horse, truck, and trailer.

Who We Are

 

The Henry County Sheriff's Mounted Search & Rescue Patrol is a trained, certified, and a fully equipped unit, capable of serving the public as a qualified resource that assists in locating lost or missing persons in Henry County and the surrounding areas.

 

We use well-trained horses able to search large tracts of forest, snowmobile/bike trails, open fields and other terrain to locate such things as downed aircraft, lost hunters, or hikers lost in the woods.

 

The search rider of a mounted unit must adhere to all requirements for search training provided by Search & Rescue. The horses of the mounted team must also meet the acceptable standards for Search & Rescue. All riders are trained and certified by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

 

Advantages of a Mounted Unit

 

Horses are valuable searchers. They do not track scents, like dogs, but they do have highly developed senses of hearing, smell, and sight. They are instinctively aware of their surroundings and will alert on anything out of the ordinary, especially the presence of another human or animal.

They can detect something well in advance of the of the rider. A good mounted team will investigate anything that attracts the horse's attention. 

Mounted teams are not hindered by such things as terrain, climate, ground cover, or length of time missing.

Mounted teams are better able to perform a quick search and containment due to the fast travel speed without sacrificing clues.

Mounted teams receive regular training including simulated rescue missions over actual terrain. 

 

 

 

Henry County Mounted Search and Rescue Contacts

Sheriff James Padilla, Henry County Sheriff's Office: 309-937-3901 or 309-937-3911, or E-mail

Larry Rahmus, President, Henry County Mounted Search & Rescue: 309-314-4826 

 

Search and Rescue Training General Information

Next Session: Sept. 24, 25 and 26, 2010  Old Timber Campgrounds, 10768 E. 1600 St, Cambridge IL  Instructor/Pat Keane  $25.00 donation to cover some expenses.  Liability forms will be required to be signed, horses and riders must have all the necessary shots. It is not a requirement to have a horse, trained people are needed for ground search. Canine's are welcome, but we have to know soon if they are coming.  If you are planning on camping you can call the campground at 309-937-2314 to reserve a campsite.  There are showers and facilities at the campgrounds, we have firewood for cooking and story telling.

Sept 24, 2010 - Registration begins at noon, story telling around the campfire till the horses fall asleep.

Sept 25, 2010 - Registration and classroom for new people until noon, then to the field. Night exercises including a resisting evader.  Bring good flashlights and compasses.  Wear heavy orange clothing.

Sept 26, 2010 -  In the field, will be done around 3 pm.

 Please call with any questions, and never come without calling at the last minute to confirm the training has not been cancelled.

  

Cost: A nominal fee is charged for training to cover expenses.

Food: Lunches are typically on your own.

Stay: Lodging is available locally from:  

AmeriHost, Geneseo, 309-945-9345

AmericInn, Kewanee, 800-396-5007

Best Western, Annawan, 309-935-6565

Galva Inn and Suites, Galva, 309-932-2841 or toll free 888-919-9901 

Super 8, Geneseo, 309-945-1898

Super 8, Kewanee, 309-853-8800

or any other hotel/motel in the area (check the Internet or Yellow Pages).


Useful Links

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For more Training Opportunities:

Search-Rescue.Net

 

Illinois Emergency Management Agency:

http://www.state.il.us/iema/

 

Mounted Search & Rescue on ibiblio.org:

http://www.ibiblio.org/msar/

 

 

 

 

 

Henry County Mounted Search and Rescue Contacts

Sheriff James Padilla, Henry County Sheriff's Office: 309-937-3901 or 309-937-3911, or E-mail

Larry Rahmus, President, Henry County Mounted Search & Rescue: 309-314-4826 

 

Search and Rescue Training General Information

Next Session: Sept. 24, 25 and 26, 2010  Old Timber Campgrounds, 10768 E. 1600 St, Cambridge IL  Instructor/Pat Keane  $25.00 donation to cover some expenses.  Liability forms will be required to be signed, horses and riders must have all the necessary shots. It is not a requirement to have a horse, trained people are needed for ground search. Canine's are welcome, but we have to know soon if they are coming.  If you are planning on camping you can call the campground at 309-937-2314 to reserve a campsite.  There are showers and facilities at the campgrounds, we have firewood for cooking and story telling.

 Sept 24, 2010 - Registration begins at noon, story telling around the campfire till the horses fall asleep.

 Sept 25, 2010 - Registration and classroom for new people until noon, then to the field. Night exercises including a resisting evader.  Bring good flashlights and compasses.  Wear heavy orange clothing.

Sept 26, 2010 -  In the field, will be done around 3 pm.

Please call with any questions, and never come without calling at the last minute to confirm the training has not been cancelled.

  

Cost: A nominal fee is charged for training to cover expenses.

Food: Lunches are typically on your own.

Stay: Lodging is available locally from:  

AmeriHost, Geneseo, 309-945-9345

AmericInn, Kewanee, 800-396-5007

Best Western, Annawan, 309-935-6565

Galva Inn and Suites, Galva, 309-932-2841 or toll free 888-919-9901 

Super 8, Geneseo, 309-945-1898

Super 8, Kewanee, 309-853-8800

or any other hotel/motel in the area (check the Internet or Yellow Pages).

 

Useful Links

(Each will open in a new window, close it to return to this page)

 

 

 

For more Training Opportunities:

Search-Rescue.Net

 

Illinois Emergency Management Agency:

http://www.state.il.us/iema/

 

Mounted Search & Rescue on ibiblio.org:

http://www.ibiblio.org/msar/

 

 

 

Please, mark your calendar and plan on joining:

 

The Henry County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team

Summer training on August 23, 2014

At the Henry County Fair Grounds located at:

311 N East St, Cambridge, IL  61238

 

 

This is an important training for anyone wishing to learn the art of critical separation when searching for lost or missing persons.

 

Information for this training:

·         All are welcome whether training for ground or mounted searching

·        Cost is $10.00 per person

·        Registration begins at 7:00 am

·        Class instruction will be from 8:00 am until noon

·        Afternoon will consist of field exercises

·        Anyone traveling a distance and camping at the fairgrounds for the night can obtain electrical hook-up for an additional charge

·        There is plenty of room for horse trailers for those bringing their horses

Items you will need for training:

·        Compass

·        Orange party streamers

·        Reflective vest

·        Comfortable closed toe footwear

·        Drinking water

·        First aid kit

 

For questions we may have left unanswered, please call any of the following members:

309-314-4826  Larry Rahmus

309-507-1790  Matt Boelens

309-945-5536  Carl Johnson

309-945-2652  Misti Olson