Public Safety

The Flathead County Sheriff is an elected official and is designated by state statute as the chief law enforcement officer in the county.

The responsibility of search and rescue is among the many duties of the sheriff. A deputy is specifically assigned to coordinate search and rescue personnel and operations. This coordinator oversees two search and rescue organizations and four specialty teams, which total a volunteer force of approximately 150 professional rescuers.

Search and rescue organizations include Flathead County Search & Rescue and North Valley Search & Rescue. Specialty teams include Mountain Rescue Team, Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol and Equine teams.

Staying Safe

Two Bear Air Rescue delivers advanced resources and technology that we hope you never need. The natural environments that we play in require alertness, planning and respect for nature.  Here are some safety tips to help keep you and your family safe in Montana’s great outdoor playground.

Plan Ahead
Study the latest guidebooks and maps and carry a compass, topographic map, and a GPS. Practice using these important tools.

Get in Shape
Play within your physical capabilities.

Cell phones
Bring one, but don’t plan on it as a safety line. If you are out of range and need help, shine a flashlight or the light from your phone as a beacon for the aircraft to find you.

Check the weather, but don’t rely on the reports. Weather in the mountains can change unexpectedly.

Dress in lightweight layers and bring additional clothing. Don’t forget an emergency blanket, matches, and first aid kit.

Don’t feed or approach wildlife or leave food lying around your camp. Hang your food in bear country and carry bear spray.

Stay hydrated! Bring lots of water and a filtration system. Watch your children around water and check their personal flotation devices.

Stay on designated trails. Do not hike alone. Choosing the correct shoes, boots, socks and outerwear can make all the difference.

Getting Lost
Leave word of your destination and schedule. If you are lost or disoriented, stay put. Keep calm, stay dry, and keep warm. Activate a personal locator beacon.

At least one person should remain with an injured person. Know and use basic first aid techniques. Others in the group should carefully note the location and contact the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office by calling 911.

Phone Numbers

Dial 9-1-1 for all emergencies.

Flathead County Sheriff Dispatch: (406) 758-5610 (press option 2)

Flathead County Sheriff’s Office Main Number: (406) 758-5585

Two Bear Air Rescue Foundation (406) 755-4297

Coverage Maps

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Flathead County

Flathead County

  Glacier National Park

Glacier Map

Bob Marshall Wilderness

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