David Thompson Search and Rescue is named after the explorer David Thompson who explored the area around Libby and Lincoln County.
DTSAR 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 rescue recognized the needed for an organization that could be called at any time to conduct searches.
The ground search unit of the organization; operating in all terrain and weather conditions in remote wilderness settings.
Utilizes trained dogs and handlers to help those locate missing persons in search situations.
Follows the National Search Dog Alliance guidelines
Made up of 3 different areas; Boat team, Swift Water Team and Ice Rescue.
Meets in conjunction with the 4x4 unit. This unit is the base for almost all operations and is responsible for transporting personnel and equipment to incidents.
Meets in conjunction with the 4x4 unit. This is what is referred to as the end of the road unit. They start where the road ends.
The core of all medical related responses and trainings. The unit handles all medical trainings and classes as well.