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Natrona County dispatch releases new app to help the stranded or injured

Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 7:47 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Natrona County Dispatch released Backcountry SOS, a new app that could help save lives. This app requires location settings to be on and a little cell phone service to reach telecommunicators. The app won’t constantly track someone’s location.

This app could help save lives out in the backcountry of Natrona County, but there’s no guarantee. “We are optimistic that this tool will be a great help in times of crisis for those enjoying Wyoming’s outdoors,” said Sgt. Bart Olson.

The app sends telecommunicators coordinates, the device’s battery life and if someone is injured or lost.

“We strongly encourage all hunters and anglers in Natrona County to download this app,” said Brian Olsen, Wyoming Game and Fish Regional Wildlife Supervisor.

Officials say they are excited to have this as a way to help people, but want people to be prepared when they head outdoors.

“A good rule is to let somebody know where you’re going and when you plan to be back,” Olson said.

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