Search and Rescue seeks volunteers |

Search and Rescue seeks volunteers

Douglas County Sheriff Search & Rescue will conduct its annual membership drive until Aug. 7. 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 aircraft 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 take place evenings and weekends. The cost is $50 for class materials. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid Nevada driver’s license.

The team also is looking for new support members not interested in field duty, who would like to help in areas such as command center support (radio/map and compass)

computer work and fund-raising.

Call (775) 782-9930 and leave name, mailing address and telephone number. An information packet will be mailed in about two weeks. The deadline to apply is Aug. 7.

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