Vail Mountain Rescue Group seeks new volunteers
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” The Vail Valley’s volunteer search and rescue group is hosting a spring academy starting Sunday to recruit and train new volunteers.
Joining the rescue group is a chance to learn valuable backcountry skills and give back to the community, the group says.
Vail Mountain Rescue Group is a nonprofit group of volunteer men and women who are trained and prepared to respond to any type of backcountry emergency. Members are experienced in a wide variety of backcountry specialties, including vertical rock rescue, ice and snow evacuation, avalanche search and rescue, swiftwater rescue, cave rescue, downed aircraft search and helicopter-assisted rescue.
Those interested in joining should have strong hiking skills and general backcountry knowledge. Additional backcountry skills or rescue knowledge is helpful, but not necessary.
The course schedule for the spring academy is as follows:
– Sunday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Team orientation – who we are/ what we do
– June 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Search theory/ working on a search team/ navigation/ communications
– June 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Team techniques and equipment
– June 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Mock backcountry search ” practice new skills and work with current team members
Completion of this course will give attendees enough training to become a Rescue Group resource member. Resource Members are called for assistance during large-scale/ multi-day searches when the team needs additional manpower. For any attendee wishing to proceed to full team membership, this course is the first step and additional training will begin with the team following the academy.
“Membership in Vail Mountain Rescue Group can be extremely rewarding and an opportunity to spend more time exploring the backcountry while helping those in need,” says Leslie Robertson, president. “This Academy is a great way to test the waters, meet people with similar interests and find out if search and rescue is for you.”