Gallatin County Enhances SAR Operations with New Drone Team

Aerial Advantages in Montana's Rugged Terrain

Gallatin County, , has significantly boosted its (SAR) capabilities with the formation of a new drone team.

Comprising pilots certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the team is also trained in various search techniques.

These drones, especially valuable in Gallatin County's challenging terrain, offer an aerial view to assist ground-based volunteers.

The county's vast wilderness and major natural features, like the Bridger and Gallatin sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains, necessitate an effective SAR response due to its low population density and expansive areas.

Some drones are equipped with thermal imaging cameras, enhancing night-time search operations.

This advancement reportedly mirrors a similar move by Kalispell Fire Department in acquiring an emergency response drone in 2023.

Photo courtesy of friends of the Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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