Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Search and *maybe* rescue

I'm training for a search and rescue team (volunteer) to give me something to do until I'm employed, and also taking the ACLS, and probably PALS courses...hoping it will help. Heres the funny thing about SAR work- if it's a "search" as opposed to a "rescue", there's very little actual FINDING going on much of the time. Picture it this way- you have a missing person, a hiker, known to have been on a trail. Essentially, 20-30 people then walk all the trails nearby, yelling for the subject and blowing whistles, in teams of 3. ONE team will find the person, if they're LUCKY. For the most part, it's a lot of struggling through underbrush with blaze orange on. Not that it's not FUN, it's just not what I'm used to. I'm used to RESCUES more than SEARCHES. With a RESCUE, you KNOW where the victim/patient/subject IS, but they can't get out of the woods or off the mountain on their own. More medical stuff, lots more logistical stuff, and a lot more hands on.

On the other hand, you can't rescue them until you find them...

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