Editor’s Note: RJ Sangosti is a Denver Post photojournalist who was embedded with the Lakewood-based Colorado Task Force 1 as it conducted rescue operations in North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence. PEMBROKE, N.C. — While walking door-to-door to make sure residents were evacuated along the swollen Lumberton River, paramedic Fred Salazar of the Colorado Springs Fire Department talked about his job back home. He recently went out on a call involving a 12-year-old boy, who Salazar’s family knew, who drowned in a swimming pool. “It makes you feel guilty when you can’t save a child,” Salazar said. “Here I see a lot of people helping a lot of people… and that makes me feel not as guilty.” Salazar is part of Colorado Task Force 1, an urban search-and-rescue team based in Lakewood that is one of more than two dozen such units that operate under the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Colorado group includes veterans … [Read more...] about A week with Colorado Task Force 1: Lakewood search-and-rescue team takes on Hurricane Florence
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Chris McCrory Arizona Republic Published 11:47 PM EDT Sep 16, 2018 Arizona Urban Search and Rescue Team 1 is continuing operations in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday. The team was deployed Tuesday to Raleigh, N.C. ahead of the storm. Once Florence hit the coast, the team conducted search and humanitarian efforts in Beaufort County, along the East Coast east of Raleigh, Phoenix Fire Department officials said in an email Sunday. The crew searched 75 homes in the area. Shortly after completing that operation, the team was redeployed to Trenton, N.C. Phoenix Fire Department officials did not provide any details about where the team would be assigned next. The search-and-rescue unit consists of 35 Phoenix Fire Department members and 10 support personnel, including two members of the Phoenix Police Department. READ MORE: 'Days away from an ending': Florence leaves 11 dead; flooding fears rise Strangers help woman, … [Read more...] about Hurricane Florence: Arizona search and rescue team provides aid in N.C.
By City News Service | PUBLISHED: July 1, 2018 at 6:54 pm | UPDATED: July 1, 2018 at 6:58 pm Two teens were rescued early Sunday by the Malibu Search and Rescue team after a car crashed over the side of a road in Calabasas, authorities said. The crash occurred about 3 a.m. on Stunt Road about one mile from Mulholland Highway, according to the sheriff’s department. A 19-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl were pulled from the wreckage. The male teen was airlifted to a hospital while the girl was transferred by an ambulance, the sheriff’s department said. Their current conditions were unknown. The cause of the crash remained under investigation. The Malibu Search and Rescue team is an all-volunteer group made up of sheriff’s reserve deputies, civilian volunteers and support personnel. … [Read more...] about Malibu search and rescue team saves 2 teens after crash in Calabasas
OGDEN — The flags at the Weber County Sheriff’s Office were flying low on Friday after a longtime Search and Rescue dog, Jackie, died in her sleep that morning. For more than a decade, Jackie, a 12-year-old border collie, was a member of the county’s volunteer search and rescue team as a K-9 cadaver dog finding bodies and drowning victims, according to her owner, Bryan Bennett. Bennett was a member of the search and rescue’s snowmobile teams in 2006 and wanted to train a rescue dog. When he heard there was an 11-month-old Collie in West Jordan that needed a home, he drove down and adopted her. Story continues below photo. Although Bennett had experience training hunting dogs, it took him about two years to train Jackie before she was certified as a cadaver dog. During her 12-year career, Bennett said Jackie was called into the field more than 200 times to assist search and rescue teams. The two were called to rescue missions around the … [Read more...] about Cadaver dog remembered as hard-working member of search and rescue team
Rebecca Wright Knoxville News Sentinel Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jun 22, 2018 Summer is one of the busiest times of the year at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, not surprising since it's the most-visited park of the 59 national parks with 11.3 million recreational visits in 2016. More than 5 million of these visits occurred between May and August. Summer is also the busiest time of the year for the GSMNP Search and Rescue team. Most recently, a woman fell 40 feet below Laurel Falls on Monday, June 11, and had to be rescued with ropes and pulleys. June: Park rangers rescue woman, 63, after 40-foot fall in Smokies Mary Moore, the 63-year-old Florida native, was taken to UT Medical Center after the fall. She's now in stable condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Susan Wyatt. Technical rescues like these don’t happen every day. In fact, only about 12 technical rescues occurred last year, according to Chief Ranger Jared St. Clair. Non-technical rescues, such as … [Read more...] about Smokies Search and Rescue team gears up for busiest rescue season of the year, summertime