An article was recently posted to one of the Search & Rescue discussion groups I belong to, about the Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue Team, an independent group not affiliated with a law enforcement agency. Formed half a century ago, the team of volunteers is now 60 members strong, including a 10-member technical team and a four person/dog K-9 unit made up of two German Shepherds, a Golden Retriever and one Giant Schnauzer named Watson. This year, "IMSARU" is adding a mountain bike team and mobile command center, which is being built in a utility trailer constructed by team members.
Read "Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue: 50 Years of Saving Lives" from the Idaho Statesman.
The team has a great newsletter on their website, including stories and photos from actual missions and training sessions. Check out their January/February 2009 issue in which they describe the search for two missing boys, 14 and 15 years of age, who'd gone looking for a steeper hill to sled without telling their parents and then, cold and wet from crossing a creek, got stuck. Read about what happened when their fathers went looking for them on their own and the batteries in their borrowed flashlights died along the way.