BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Search and Rescue Commander John Kluvers has stepped down from his position and handed responsibility to his son, Jim Kluvers, who will now assume the position as commander.
John Kluvers served a three-year term as commander and has been involved in Search and Rescue for seven years. Each commander serves a three-year team, at which point the vice-commander will assume the position. Casey Monson is now the vice-commander and Bill Brown will serve as the second vice-commander.
Prior to joining Search and Rescue, Kluvers spent 27 years working for the Blackfoot Fire Department. He retired in 2002.
He said he first joined Search and Rescue as a way to continue serving the community by providing emergency services. Kluvers has overseen several improvements to Search and Rescue including purchasing an air compressor for scuba tanks and storage for the compressor. He also helped to obtain a new command vehicle and trailer, snow machines and a side-by-side ATV.
Kluvers credits his team with much of his successes, and said they worked together to obtain funding and to negotiate the purchase of the items.
"We've got just a really good group of dedicated people," Kluvers said. "They come together as a team and just shine."
Jim Kluvers said his dad has left the program in good shape and he doesn't plan to make many changes. Jim has been involved with Search and Rescue for 11 years.
Bingham County Search and Rescue provides dive, snow machine, four-wheeler and high-angle rescues and provide emergency medical services. It is a non-profit, volunteer organization.