Grand County Search and Rescue looking for more members |

Grand County Search and Rescue looking for more members

Kristen Lodgeklodge@skyhidailynews.comGrand County CO Colorado


This June, Grand County Search and Rescue is inviting recruits to a two-day training academy.”It used to be that volunteers would just attend training sessions on Wednesday night,” said Kymmie Scott, public information officer for Search and Rescue.”Now, at end of the academy, new members will be field-ready, be issued a pager and radio, and then start going on missions.” The physical requirements to become a member include the ability to carry a 40-pound pack and walk three miles with a 2,000 foot elevation gain.”You should be in good physical condition, and be able to hike in rugged terrain,” Scott said. “But we don’t put people in uncomfortable conditions. During a mission, we find a job based on what each person is comfortable with and their abilities.”The team is also looking for dogs and their owners to join the dog team. These members are required to do all the basic requirements of Search and Rescue, and one extra training a week. “The people on the dog team are committed to training and will let you know if the dog will work.” Scott said. “The dog team is often called for mutual aid from other agencies in the state. New dogs to the team should be between 6 months and 3-years-old.” While they are primarily looking for field personnel, Search and Rescue is also looking for administration help with tasks such as grants writing and fundraising.Academy Schedule:Day One:The agenda includes reviewing the history of Search and Rescue, how typical mission response works, how to make subjects ready for safe transport, and head-to-toe assessments.Day Two:The agenda includes discussing The Ten Essentials, map and compass skills, rope rescue systems, swift water rescue, and dog team information.At the end of day two, there will be a bonfire where current members will meet the new members, Scott said. Search and Rescue will not offer another academy like this next year because next year’s focus will be on the re-certification process with the Mountain Rescue Association, she said. They hope to attract 30 people to attend the academy. Currently the organization has 35 members.Grand County Search and Rescue is an all volunteer organization and never charges for a rescue.