Scouts train with Douglas County Search and Rescue |

Scouts train with Douglas County Search and Rescue

Sgt. Jim Halsey, Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Douglas County Search and RescueSearch and Rescue member Merrilyn Noble demonstrates to Cub Scouts Kaven Peck and Peyton Galli (L to R) how to build a fire to heat liquids for survival in their makeshift shelter.

Local Cub Scout Pack 468 recently trained with members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team during a training event held on Jan. 13.

The training was held at the end of Andria Drive, in the Upper Kingsbury area of Stateline. This is a popular winter play area for snowmobile riders, cross country skiers, snow-shoe enthusiasts and sled riders.

The Search and Rescue Team members regularly train in this area in order to enhance their familiarity with the area. It is not unusual for the Search and Rescue Team to be called out to this area for rescue missions several times each year. The rescue calls for service in this area during winter typically involve injured snowmobilers or lost skiers or snow-shoers.

The Cub Scout Pack members, sponsored by the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Club, trained in a variety of outdoor winter survival topics such as: safe movement in snowy terrain, learning how to dig a snow cave for shelter, building a safe fire in an outback area, and formulating and heating nourishing liquids to drink.

“What could be a more perfect scenario than to teach our survival skills to youngsters at the same time that we are practicing them”, said Search and Rescue Trainer Rod Hogan. “Who knows, one of these boys may need to use these skills someday to survive. It is a double treat that we are able to practice our skills while passing them on to the scouts who are learning how to survive in the snow.”

Hogan feels that if more people learn and practice winter survival skills, especially children, the easier the task would be for Search and Rescue member’s if/when they are called out on a winter rescue mission.

Denese Dunt, Den Mother of the Cub Scout Pack, was thrilled as she watched her scouts enjoy the snow while at the same time learning valuable life-saving skills. She said she felt this would be a day they would remember forever, especially if their survival skills were ever needed.

For additional information regarding this training event, contact Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Member Doug Dill at (775) 783-4388.

The Search and Rescue Team of Douglas County consists of 37 members who volunteer their time and efforts for the preservation of life for those in need. Search and Rescue is funded primarily by donations, which are used for the purchase and upkeep of the rescue equipment. Search and Rescue provides wilderness rescues and searches, water searches and swift water rescues, assists during natural disasters and so much more. Search and Rescue members are prepared to respond at a moments notice, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

Citizens or groups wishing to contribute financially to the Search and Rescue Team or those interested in becoming a member are encouraged to call (775) 782-9930 or 9931 for more information.

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