Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Search & Rescue depends on its volunteers

On behalf of the Blaine County Sheriff's Office, I would like to commend and congratulate five members of the Blaine County Search and Rescue on their recent accomplishment of achieving the National Association of Search and Rescue SARTECH II certifications.

Clay Landon, Steve Linden, Reid Black, Colin Stelma and Chris Corwin sacrificed hours of volunteer time to study and prepare for the written and practical examinations, in addition to spending their Memorial Day holiday weekend out in the rain testing.

The SARTECH II level of certification is the intermediate level for search and rescue personnel and is required for any person who functions on active call-outs for Blaine County Search and Rescue missions. Their efforts to develop their skills and expertise will benefit Blaine County Search and Rescue as we continue to develop our team's capabilities and professionalism as well as the citizens of Blaine County who find themselves in need of rescue.

When lives are at stake, it is critical to have our Search and Rescue personnel trained and prepared to save lives. Their training will help us in the future to locate lost individuals faster and increase their chances of survival.

These five individuals and all the members of Blaine County Search and Rescue have demonstrated the essence of good citizenship by contributing their time and effort to serve our community. Thank you for your service to Blaine County Search and Rescue.


Blaine County sheriff

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