Sweetwater County Search and Rescue Looking for New Members

Sweetwater County Search and Rescue Looking for New Members

Sweetwater County Search and Rescue is looking for volunteers. Sweewater County Search and Rescue Facebook photo

SWEETWATER COUNTY — The Sweetwater County Search and Rescue team is desperately seeking new members to join their team.

“We’re looking for volunteers. Our roster is getting pretty low,” Search and Rescue Commander Russ Hemmert said.

According to Hemmert, the Search and Rescue team has had some pretty good volunteers over the years, but a lot of them are leaving as they are getting older. Currently, Search and Rescue has around 18 members. Hemmert said he would like to recruit at least 30 to 40 more members.

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The team is looking for residents who can volunteer 20 to 24 hours a year. This averages out to around two hours per month. No experience is necessary to join this group.

“We provide access to all the training that’s needed,” he said. “It’s not a real high-pressure situation.”

During the first year, volunteers will need to complete around five training classes. These classes usually take around one hour to complete. Once the trainings, such as CPR and First Aid classes, have been completed, volunteers can decide which area of Search and Rescue they are interested in. Hemmert said some of the Search and Rescue teams include rope, dog cadaver, swift-water rescue and ice rescue.

“We’re always looking for new ideas and a different perspective,” Hemmert said.

There is an application interested residents must complete. Applications can be picked up and turned in anytime during business hours at the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department located at the Sweetwater County Justice Center at 50140 HWY 191 S, Building B.

Search and Rescue meets every second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the justice center. The Next meeting is December 13 at 7:30 p.m.