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The Park County Sheriff’s Office recently hosted a two-day ice rescue course for local search and rescue personnel.  The course titled “Ice Rescue Technician” was conducted by representatives of Rescue 3 International of Wilton, California and was attended by search and rescue personnel from Park, Washakie and Fremont counties.  During the training, Ice Rescue Technician and contract instructor K.C. Bess of Jackson Hole River Rescue was asked if he had any “tips” for local residents to enhance their safety should they choose to venture out on to the ice. 
“First and foremost, anyone who decides to go out on to the ice should always wear a personal floatation device,” commented Bess.  “Any number of conditions, including but not limited to stress fractures, air pockets, or overly fatigued ice can cause otherwise strong ice to give way.  Moreover, ice is always and continually changing.  And without a personal floatation device, the victim will drown within 2-15 minutes, depending on the water temperature, due to loss of voluntary muscle control.”   Bess also recommended that people who venture out on open ice carry a pair of “ice awls” or “ice picks” with them, preferable on a loop hung around their necks.  These devices held in each hand will enable the victim to self-rescue by gripping the ice, allowing the victim to pull themselves up and out of the water.  Bess also recommended the following safety tips:
1) Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return;
2) Check the ice thickness and strength safety guides which are available online;
3) If you fall through the ice;
          a) Remain calm and assess your situation,
          b) Swim back to the point where you went in,
          c) Kick your feet to the surface using a strong swimmer kick,
          d) Keep kicking as you pull yourself on to the ice,
          e) As you exit the water, stay low and flat to help spread your weight, and
          f) Roll away from the water towards thicker ice.
4)  If you observe someone fall through the ice;
          a) Verbally tell them how to get out of the water (see above),
          b) Reach to them with an object such as a tree branch, ski pole, etc,
          c) Throw them a rope, if available,
          d) If nothing is available to pull them out, try to get a floating object to them,
          e) Do not go on to the ice or approach the victim.  Call or go for help. 

For additional information on when to know if the ice is safe and additional safety preparedness measures, go to the following website:




Non-Emergency Numbers
  (307) 527-8700
Powell: (307) 754-8700

Sheriff’s Civil Process &

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cody:   (307) 527-8710
Powell: (307) 754-8710

General Fax Number:
Cody:   (307) 527-8708
Powell: (307) 754-8708

Sheriff’s Detention Center:
Cody:   (307) 527-8750
Powell: (307) 754-8750

Detention Center Administrative Assistant:
(307) 527-8714 or
(307) 754-8714

Park County/ Cody Law
Enforcement Center
1402 River View Drive
Cody, WY 82414

The Park County Sheriff’s Office hosted a two-day ice rescue course for local search and rescue personnel on Saturday and Sunday, January 17 & 18 at the Law Enforcement Center in Cody.  The course titled “Ice Rescue Technician” was conducted by representatives of Rescue 3 International of Wilton, California and was attended by search and rescue personnel from Park, Washakie and Fremont counties. The training focused on the skills necessary to effectively conduct open ice self-rescues as well as the rescue of victims who have become trapped due to falling through the ice. 
The classroom training on day one included sessions on rescue skills and techniques including preplanning, evaluation of the rescue environment, equipment, rope rescue, personal safety, self-rescue as well as ice processes and properties.  Day two of the course was held at the Buffalo Bill Reservoir where students were given the opportunity to see and conduct actual open ice rescues utilizing the techniques taught in the class. 
 “Every agency that anticipates an ice rescue should prepare,” commented Sheriff Scott Steward who also attended the classroom training.  “It is often the quality of the training that determines the victim’s chances for survival while at the same time, ensuring the rescuers’ safety.  This training is a good start, but one-time training isn’t enough.  Ongoing practice is vital.  These two elements combined with actual calls, give our search and rescue personnel the ability to conduct a safe and effective rescue when the time comes.”
The Park County Search and Rescue Unit is comprised of 25-30 local men and women volunteers from all walks of life who are ready at a moment’s notice to respond and provide state of the art rescue techniques to those in need.  To learn more about the unit, go to the Park County Sheriff’s webpage at


  • Population - (28,702 from 2012 Census iinformation)

• The county seat is Cody.

• The county contains the
majority of Yellowstone
National Park's total area. 


The Park County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing you the public with the information on how we are doing. Keeping the public informed is and always will be something that we strongly believe is important to both us and ultimately the members of the public. We strive to provide that information that is allowed by Wyoming State Statute and will provide performance reports as they become available. Check out our news page which has not only our media bulletin, but shows our patrol statistics by month. (Adobe Acrobat Viewer is required to read the files) Visit to download your free copy. We welcome any feedback from the public on how we are doing.

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