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Search and Rescue needs volunteers

by Ron Ragsdale

Douglas County Search and Rescue (DCSAR) is holding its annual membership drive until Aug. 1. The all-volunteer team is made up of men and women from all walks of life who enjoy the outdoors and share an interest in helping the community in a unique way.

The team is responsible for conducting search and rescue operations within the entire county. Their emergency services include backcountry searches and rescues; mountain, water and technical rope rescues; emergency medical services; and downed plane searches.

Although prior training is a plus, prospective members need not have any experience. New members attend a training academy, which begins in September. The four-week academy teaches awareness-level basics of search and rescue. Classes are held evenings and weekends. The cost is $50 for class materials. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid driver’s license.

The team is also looking for new support members who would like to help in areas such as command center support (radio/map and compass), computer work, Web site management or fund-raising, but who are not interested in field duty.

Call DCSAR at 782-9930 and leave your name, mailing address and phone number. An information packet will be mailed to you (allow two weeks for delivery). Deadline for receipt of applications is Aug. 1.

– Ron Ragsdale is vice president and training officer for the Search and Rescue Team.