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Search and Rescue - Senate Resolution

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Finding success and getting things done in DC, is, well... challenging. So last Friday turned out to be a good day as Senator Cantwell stepped up to the plate and hit the ball for the entire SAR community. I wanted to share the good news, as this was something I had a hand in moving along. Also, a VERY big thanks for Marty Lentsch of Central Mountain Rescue.

 

 

Senate Passes Resolution Establishing a National Search and Rescue Week

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) honoring our nation’s Search and Rescue personnel by designating May 16 through May 22 as National Search and Rescue Week. The bipartisan resolution was also sponsored by Senators Patty Murray, Mike Crapo, Jeff Bingaman, Barbara Boxer, Mike Enzi, Lisa Murkowski, and Ron Wyden.

 

 

“As an avid hiker and mountaineer, I take steps to prepare myself and minimize my risk whenever I pack for a trip,” Senator Cantwell said. “But I understand that no amount of preparation can protect you from an accidental misstep or an unforeseen circumstance, and it is often the swift response of trained search and rescue personnel that makes the difference between tragedy and survival. Every day in Washington state and across our nation, these brave volunteers exemplify courage, commitment and compassion in performing their duties. Today, we have passed a small act of recognition for their heroic efforts.”

 

Search and Rescue organizations are composed of paid and volunteer experts in search and rescue and disaster response. They work for military, law enforcement, and civilian organizations. Search and Rescue personnel come from a wide range of skilled backgrounds, including pilots, mountaineers, divers, urban technicians, dog handlers, backcountry horsemen, and snowmobilers.

 

A 2009 study reveals on average, national parks launch 11 search and rescue operations per day. Typically weekends are busiest, and it is day hikers, young men and boaters who are most commonly in need of help. Washington state is home to three of the 58 National Parks in the United States.

 

Early Sunday morning in Washington state, Search and Rescue workers came to the aid of a snowboarder who went missing Saturday afternoon on Mount Hood. Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue volunteers worked through the night and helped Portland Mountain Rescue volunteers finally locate the missing man. And just a few weeks ago, the King County Search and Rescue found an injured mountain biker near Lake Tradition.

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Excellent.

 

I'm continually impressed by Maria Cantwell's work as a Senator. It's like she's a real human being or something.

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Sounds like a great gesture, and one that's certainly been well earned (coming from a climber that's been rescued)!

 

How does this play into day-to-day issues for SAR groups, such as funding or other practical matters?

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Congrats Gator. Pretty cool to have a hand in getting something done in the guvmint.

 

Now can SAR team members get a free ice cream cone or something this week?

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Congrats Gator. Pretty cool to have a hand in getting something done in the guvmint.

 

Now can SAR team members get a free ice cream cone or something this week?

 

That's right - free ice cream. Just say that Gator sent ya?! ;)

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