Carson City Search and Rescue recruiting. |

Carson City Search and Rescue recruiting.

Nevada Appeal staff report

The Carson City Search and Rescue team is recruiting.

The event will be Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.

Search and Rescue is a program within the Sheriff’s Office that performs wilderness and urban searches, evidence searches, wildfire evacuations and more, and is responsible for 153 square miles of varied wilderness and urban terrain. Areas are from Eldorado Canyon in the east to Lake Tahoe in the west. They also provide assistance to the Carson City Fire Department, Parks and Recreation and Open Spaces, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Services and neighboring counties.

All team members are trained and must maintain an understanding of myriad search skills including maps, compass, Global Positioning System, VHF radio, First Aid, and Incident Command System.

SAR training is broad and some skills will be acquired and maintained with real world application. Additional training is provided to select personnel as ropes rescue and swift water rescue technicians.

“To be clear, search and rescue is not a hobby, as it requires a commitment not usual in a typical ‘hobby,’” said Search and Rescue commander David Spencer. “Servicing the community through SAR not only has a time commitment, but a monetary one also, as a member must be able to maintain his/her own personal safety equipment. However, if you are one who already spends significant time in the great outdoors, you probably have most of what you need to serve safely.”

The program is ideal for anyone who enjoys the rigors of the wilderness and has a desire to help others.

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