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Butte's Search and Rescue Fundraiser

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If you were driving down Harrison Avenue in Butte at any point Friday you may have wondered what the swarm of people in yellow vests were doing in the middle of the road.

They are volunteers collecting donations for Butte's 1590 Search and Rescue. Organizers say this is the one and only fundraiser for Butte's Search and Rescue and anyone else attempting to solicit funds is not affiliated with the 1590 team.

"You know there's some people who come to town and make phone calls and pretend to be from search and rescue and they may be from Oregon but they're not from Montana. This is the only one we do and we're pretty successful at it and so it gives us the money for the whole year," said Brad Belke of Butte’s 1590 Search and Rescue.

The annual fundraiser usually brings in about seven thousand each year which covers the cost of buying and updating equipment each year. Search and Rescue handles snowmobile searches, water searches, crowd control and wilderness rescue.

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