Ranger Kathryn's Arches

June 16, 2009

SAR: Search & Rescue

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 8:48 pm

 

Search and Rescue training -- me on backboard

Search and Rescue training -- me on backboard

Practicing for a drill one hopes never to have to carry out in real life is sobering.  Today we strapped ME to a backboard for a carry-out of a hypothetical person, injured by a fall in the park.  They (Law Enforcement) are currently looking for a body in the Colorado (drowning victim, water is 62 degrees) and last week were called to a trail at the north end of the park where a 19-year-old female was tripping on LSD and was combative and refused to come off the trail, screaming and fighting despite being held down by other visitors while awaiting law enforcement’s arrival.  For Search and Rescue events, anybody on the park service payroll can be tapped for assistance.  I have put my name and phone number in if they need help when I am available, but we hope it does not come up.  Carrying out the dead bodies is the hardest job.  Believe me, it happens.

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