JACKSON, Wyo. — Search and rescue workers in Teton County are gearing up for what is expected to be a busy season this year when snow starts to fall following a flurry of calls for help last year.

Search and Rescue chief adviser Tim Ciocarlan said it’s the hardest time of year for rescuing people because of short days and cold nights.

Volunteers respond year-round, day and night, to help anyone who needs to be rescued in Teton County’s backcountry, which covers more than 4,200 square miles.

“It’s cold. It’s dark all the time. Days are so darn short,” Ciocarlan said.

Ciocarlan has been a rescue volunteer for nearly three decades. He said some years are worse than others.

“It’s just hard,” Ciocarlan said. “Sometimes we’re out all night at 8 below zero or something and it’s not fun.”

Volunteers are available around the clock, every day of the year for anyone who needs to be rescued in the county’s backcountry.

Teton County Search and Rescue was started in 1993 by the Teton County Sheriff’s Department, the Jackson Hole News and Guide reported (http://tinyurl.com/hvzlkbl ).

Its mission is to keep residents and visitors safe in the backcountry when they get into trouble.

Volunteers train all year for all types of rescues, including swift water rescues, avalanche, plane crashes, backcountry skiing, snowmobile incidents and cave rescues.

Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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