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SAR volunteers complete training

 

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Contributed READY FOR ACTION: The graduating class of Search and Rescue.

Last Tuesday Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer thanked the volunteer students at the Klickitat County Search and Rescue (SAR) Basic Training Academy on the occasion of their graduation in Goldendale. Songer and SAR Coordinator Jeff King praised the graduates for their dedication and long hours, noting that the volunteers' level of training made them specialists who provide a great service to the county.

The 2016 academy training took place over 12 weeks, from January thru April, and included over 75 hours of training and testing. Training subjects included land navigation, rescue and evacuation, SAR team survival, lost person behavior, communications, search techniques, and helicopter operation, along with many others. There are now 21 new KCSAR members mission qualified and ready to respond to the needs of county citizens.

Graduating were Jeff Adams, Chelsey Betterley, Cameron Caldwell, Keith Chapman, Tom Cochrane, Wenna Coffman, Andrea Deitemeyer, Maija DeSalvo, Jace Enwards, Doug Garman, Daniel Gray, Dana Helsing, Fred Henchell, Angela Hoffman, David Jackson, Dan Kaler, Dwayne Matulovich, James Quantrell, Jeremy Quantrell, Joshua Quantrell, and Katie Rawson.

For information about joining the Klickitat County Search and Rescue Team, contact the Sheriff's Office at 773-4455.

 

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