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Sheriff Scott A. Steward
CONCEALED FIREARMS PERMITS
For a concealed firearm permit, click here.
PRACTICE ICE SAFETY MEASURES
Now that the smaller reservoirs and lakes are frozen and the larger ones are beginning to freeze over, the Park County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone to take proper precautions when venturing out onto the ice. Many residents have begun their annual winter fishing expeditions which can turn tragic if common sense safety measures are not followed.
“First and foremost, anyone who decides to go out on to the ice should always wear a personal floatation device,” commented Sheriff Scott Steward. “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, a victim can drown within 2-15 minutes, depending on the water temperature, due to loss of voluntary muscle control.”
Steward 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. Steward also recommended the following safety tips:
- Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return;
- Check the ice thickness and strength safety guides which are available online;
- If you fall through the ice;
- Remain calm and assess your situation,
- Swim back to the point where you went in,
- Kick your feet to the surface using a strong swimmer kick,
- Keep kicking as you pull yourself on to the ice,
- As you exit the water, stay low and flat to help spread your weight, and
- Roll away from the water towards thicker ice.
- If you observe someone fall through the ice;
- Verbally tell them how to get out of the water (see above),
- Reach to them with an object such as a tree branch, ski pole, etc,
- Throw them a rope, if available,
- If nothing is available to pull them out, try to get a floating object to them,
- 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: http://www.wikihow.com/Know-When-Ice-is-Safe.
RECOGNIZING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH & INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY
In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8th) the Park County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize the many women within our department serving the citizens of Park County each and every day.
Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions not only in American history, but each and every day…. International Women’s Day has celebrated the economic, cultural, political and social achievements of women for more than 100 years. The day isn’t simply a celebration, it’s a call to action for everyone to continue to push for complete gender equality.
And Wyoming has historically been on the front lines of women’s rights. The Wyoming Territory became the first government in the world to guarantee women the right to vote on 1869.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office prides itself on its diverse workforce. Women represent 30% of our total personnel. In addition over one third of our detention staff and five of our eight dispatchers are women. And for the first time in our history, two of our four detention first line supervisors are women. We also have six female volunteers on our Search and Rescue squad including a physician and search dog handler.
We are extremely proud of our entire workforce. Their service to our citizens is unmatched. And we would like to take this opportunity to recognize the hard-working women of the Park County Sheriff’s Office, who are dedicated to providing the professional services we have come to expect.
Pictured: Supervisors Sgt. Lisa Randol and Sgt. Jona Harris of the Detention Staff.