Search and rescue looking for volunteers |

Search and rescue looking for volunteers

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team is currently accepting member applications. DCSAR consists of about thirty members who volunteer their time and efforts responding to public emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Interested applicants must be in good physical condition, demonstrate a cooperative team effort and have a goal-oriented disposition. Prior rescue and medical experience is not required.

Applicants will be screened via an oral interview, and a thorough background check will be conducted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Once accepted, initial training will be provided through a SAR Academy that begins on March 28. Instruction will be provided on the following topics: first aid, CPR, basic search and rescue operations, personal survival, tracking, snowshoeing, rescue vehicle operation, river rafting, water rescue, radio procedure, introduction to incident command, map reading and orientation, GPS and compass.

Members who successfully complete the academy will then participate on actual Search and Rescue missions with experienced team members for a six-month training period before becoming a full member.

Details of the academy, including applications, can be found online at http://www.douglas or by calling DCSAR Training Coordinator John Soderman at 775-720-6260. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15.

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