Rescuers score well in skills testing
Grand County Search and Rescue went through a reaccreditation process with the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA). This process takes place every five years. The team is evaluated by different Search and Rescue units in the region, which includes Colorado and New Mexico.
The reaccreditation consists of five elements or exercises:
• High angle technical rock rescue
• Technical rock scree scenario, which brings individuals off the cliff or mountain to an area they can be transported to a medical facility if the injuries are warranted.
• A wilderness search for a lost individual(s).
• Winter rescue as a result of an avalanche.
• After finding the avalanche victim, evacuating said individual(s) to a safe area for transport, if need be, to a trauma center.
The Search and Rescue team performed well on all counts. The evaluation team has asked Grand County Search and Rescue to repeat the high technical rock rescue this summer to correct and hone a few skills.
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Grand County Search and Rescue. “The team’s strength is built of strong camaraderie and well-honed skills,” said Search and Rescue member Dave Kafer. “Grand County should be proud of the team of volunteer men and women.” The Team is called out for between 40-45 missions each year, most involving snowmobiles. Its services also extend to other regions to help with crisis situations.
The Grand County Search and Rescue Team members are under the command of the Sheriff’s Department.
Community organizations which have supported the team include: the Grand Foundation, The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Mountain Parks Electric, and Grand County EMS. These organizations have supplied grants, equipment and educational materials. Grand County Search and Rescue also relies on the volunteer and financial support of individuals.
Grand County Search and Rescue does not charge for its services.
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