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Busy training weekend for KCSAR


Jeff King

Training day: KCSAR volunteers utilized their new rope rescue tripod for the first time Saturday, at Crawford Oaks Trailhead.

Klickitat County Search & Rescue (KCSAR) volunteers recently put in a busy weekend of training. Saturday morning, June 28, started out with Rope Rescue training at the new Crawford Oaks Trailhead of Columbia Hills State Park. In joint training with all five State Parks rangers, KCSAR volunteers used their new rope rescue tripod for the first time to simulate the rescue of an injured person from the bottom of a 40-foot waterfall along the trail. Everyone involved agreed the exercise was a great success.

Jeff King

The group simulated a rescue of an injured person from a 40-foot waterfall. Later that day, the volunteers assembled at the Goldendale airport for the annual Amateur Radio Relay League Field Day.

KCSAR activities continued mid-day Saturday with the annual Amateur Radio Relay League Field Day, held at the Goldendale airport. During this 27-hour long emergency radio training exercise, KCSAR and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers used the Klickitat County Communications van to communicate with other radio operators across the country. High Frequency (HF) radios and multiple antenna types were used to make contact with other amateur operators from as far away as Florida, New York and many states in between.

KCSAR currently has 59 volunteers, with 30 actively involved. KCSAR is always looking for a few good men and women. Ongoing trainings are held the second Tuesday and third Saturday of each month. Anyone who would like to join the activities of KCSAR, may call (509) 773-4455 for more information.


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