David Thompson Search and Rescue was organized in 1969 after a search for two young girls in the Ross Creek Cedars area of Lincoln County. Those who took part in the search recongnized the need for an organized group that could be called up at anytime to conduct searches. This group was the start of what is now David Thompson Search and Rescue. The organization has grown in members, equipment and skills. The organization has been called upon from its start up in 1969 until now to respond to a variety of rescues and situations. It continues to grow as needs and funding are identified.
David Thompson Search and Rescue's mission is to: (1) Provide the response for overdue, lost, injured, or stranded people from an emergency incident in diverse environments. (2) To use available personnell and equipment in a safe manner to locate and retrieve persons in distress, and provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety. (3) Trainings and missions are directed towards the service of others and committed to the ideal that David Thomson Search and Rescue exists "so that others may live."
David Thompson Search and Rescue is a branch of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. They utilize county radio frequencies and repeaters. County funds are used to finance operations and purchase equipment. There are some private donations and grants that help extend the organization. There are no paid positions in the organization, all members are volunteers who donate their time and skills.
The organization is based in Libby and serves all of South Lincoln County, but has been called up by other counties and even other States to assist in their operations. The skills of the members make the organization. This is why a great deal of the emphasis is on training. For more information David Thompson Search and Rescue please visit David Thompson Search and Rescue's official website.