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Search and Rescue to hold joint training session

Search and Rescue (SAR) in Archuleta County, as in most of the country, is largely a volunteer activity, and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-19, volunteer organizations involved with Search and Rescue will hold a joint training exercise at the Palisades Horse Camp (Proceed North on Piedra Road/CR600 to Williams Creek Reservoir, then to Williams Creek Trailhead. Watch for signs and flashing lights).

This training will involve simulated lost and missing persons, back-country injuries and patient extractions, and will involve ground and horse teams, and other organizations. 

Anyone interested in observing or learning more about SAR is welcome to observe the training any time on Saturday and Sunday. We ask that they report to the Incident Command Post (ICP) on arrival.

Our volunteer organizations are supported by donations, and we are always looking for new volunteers. Anyone who is interested in Search and Rescue please come and observe the training. To learn more about donation and volunteer possibilities, contact any of the volunteers.

The following volunteer organizations are participating in this training:

• Mounted Search and Rescue: Contact Bill Reeve, 903-9334,

• Upper San Juan Search and Rescue (USJSAR): Contact Betsy Cotton, 731-1062,

• Colorado Mounted Rangers: Contact Dan Lindauer, 903-0886.

• Archuleta County Incident Management Team (IMG): Warren Grams.

• Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management: 731-4799.

Archuleta County Search and Rescue groups are supported in part by the following businesses: City Market; Reality Horsemanship — Chuck Schmidt, trainer; Ski & Bow Rack; Pizza Hut; Subway; Summit Ski & Sports; LPEA; Colorado Cowboy Catering; The Floured Apron; and The Pagosa Brewery.