The weekend of September 16th through 18th, searchers from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team were invited to attend the Utah State SAR conference in Sand Hollow State Park near St George in Utah. Searchers had a chance to participate in many classes, including training with the Utah DPS helicopter in a high-angle rappelling rescue scenario. Multiple major medical scenarios were set up with actors performing as injured people, who were then treated and packaged for transport to an awaiting medical helicopter for advanced medical care. UTV and ATV driving skills were taught at various locations. Surface water rescue techniques were taught for retrieval of subjects to shore or waiting watercraft. Dive team members practiced underwater body recovery and investigation techniques, divers also practiced lift bag use and rigging. Water hazmat containment skills and equipment were shown. Classes for dealing with a deceased subjects on a search were held each day with open discussions within the class members. Basic SAR drone class was also offered. Wilderness reduction techniques (dislocated joints) were explained by medical staff at conference. A GPS/Map reading course was well attended by many new searchers. An introduction to SAR K9 class discussed the uses for SAR trained K9 teams. The conference ended with an invitation to follow the Washington County Sheriff on a 4×4 ride that crossed into Arizona to see the wonderful scenery in the area. Searchers from all four units of Mohave County attended the event. A huge thanks to Utah Search and Rescue Association for the invitation and the great training.
Courtesy of Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue