Over this past weekend, Klamath County Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers conducted an annual training at the Annie Creek Snow-Park. The exercise culminated in eleven (11) volunteers participating in a “rite of passage” for a SAR volunteer by setting up a snow camp, with only what they could carry on their person, and surviving overnight (24 hours). Also participating in the training were volunteers from the Jackson County SAR group who often work side by side with Klamath County SAR during the year.
“I met people from all walks of life during my visit to the exercise. A retired dentist, government service employees, educators, military personnel, a lawyer, law enforcement personnel, students, and others.”
All were volunteers and they were enjoying each other’s company and training hard to fulfill their mission when called upon. I was able to visit all “11” people who’d built a shelter from materials they located in the woods and each one had started a warming fire to get them through what proved to be a chilly night. They were all in good spirits as the sun started to go down and all made it through the night becoming fully fledged SAR members once the sun rose again. What a great group of people they are…all of them.” – Sheriff Chris Kaber
The weekend was an opportunity to gather and ensure the safety of those experiencing the challenge of spending the night outdoors. It also provided a chance to use much of the equipment necessary for a rescue during the winter and to make sure all was operational and functioning properly. Aiding in the event was a Sno-Cat operated by John Briggs who volunteers with the Chiloquin Ridge Riders and is also a SAR volunteer. The Chiloquin Ridge Riders maintain more than 300 miles of trails throughout the winter for recreational users.
Klamath County residents deserve to know the dedication and personal expense provided by more than “80” unpaid volunteers of the Klamath County Search and Rescue Unit. We hope you’ll never need their service – but if you do – you will have a great group of people to rescue you.