TCSAR may be the focus of a new show called Backcountry Rescue

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Tomorrow, the Teton County Board of County Commissioners will consider an agreement with Warm Springs Production, LLC, regarding a TV show featuring Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR). The show, which would be called Backcountry Rescue, would follow the TCSAR team on rescue operations. "The intention of the project started over 2.5 years ago as we were approached by Dirk Collins from One Eyed Bird to create a series that would highlight the important and essential work that SAR teams all over the world do but also bring to to the forefront the specific work our team does in terms of prevention and community education," said Stephanie Thomas, executive director of Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation and TCSAR volunteer. Thomas said that they have had a number of offers over the years, but weren't interested in a "reality" or "docu-drama" type show. She says they wanted a real showcase of the efforts volunteers make to rescue people and the additional efforts they put forward to educate the community and work with community partners to make rescues and education happen. "The actual filming team are Jackson locals who are highly trained mountaineers and accomplished outdoorsman so their presence did not impact any of our trainings or rescues, they are incredibly capable in the mountains and really understand the nature of our team," Thomas added. Thomas said that the TCSAR helped get the project off the ground, while Teton County is working on the contracts. According to the agreement, the film company agrees to pay Teton County $3,000.00 per episode produced, which will fund search and rescue needs and equipment. The agreement also states that the episodes will be aired on the Outdoor Channel and Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks beginning around June 2016. There will be eight 30 minute episodes. The agreement is up for discussion at tomorrow's regular Board of County Commissioners meeting, which is at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Chambers. *Feature Photo: The helicopter during a rescue. h/t Stephanie Thomas /