NOBODY PLANS TO GET STRANDED IN THE WILDERNSS, BUT
IF YOU DO IT'S NICE TO KNOW THE KOOTENAI COUNTY SHERIFF'S
OFFICE IS MAKING SURE IT'S SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS
ARE WELL PREPARED TO FIND AND BRING YOU HOME.
KXLY 4'S CATIE CURRIE EXPLAINS HOW THESE TEAMS PREPARE
TO DO JUST THAT.
AARON EVERY YEAR SKIERS, HUNTERS AND HIKERS GET LOST
IN NORTH IDAHO.
IT'S UP TO SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS TO FIND THEM.
TODAY THE KOOTENAI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE MADE SURE
THOSE CREWS DON'T GET STRANDED THEMSELVES.
BASIC SURVIVAL SKILLS CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
LIFE AND DEATH FOR THOSE ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS AND
IT'S NO DIFFERENT FOR KOOTENAI COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE
TODAY NEARLY 25 LEARNED HOW CONSTRUCT BASIC SHELTERS
,BUILD A FIRE WITHOUT ACCELERANTS, AND LOOK FOR EVIDENCE
THE LOST MIGHT HAVE LEFT BEHIND.
sargeant ryan higgins "this gets them focused in
on what to look for when they're walking around the
woods that are a little out of the ordinary you know
candy wrapper over her or a shoe over there.
THE COURSE BEGAN IN THE CLASSROOM,BUT TODAY IS THE
FIRST TIME MANY OF THESE CREWS HAVE GOTTEN TO TEST
THEIR SKILLS IN THE REAL WORLD.
SO WHAT'S THE REWARD FOR ALL THIS HARD WORK? A HOT
MEAL AT THE END OF THE DAY.
higgins "everybody's a volunteer.
They're here on their own time, their own dime.
All of the equipment you see here there packs there
fire gear that all purchased themselves.
THE TRAINING WILL WRAP UP WITH A FINAL TEST LATER
THIS MONTH, BUT THE CREWS ARE JUST HAPPY TO GET OUTSIDE
it's very rewarding for us to be able to do this and
be there for the people in case they need it...it's
all done very willingly
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE KOOTENAI COUNTY
SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM...
YOU CAN CALL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 208-446-1300.
REPORTING LIVE FROM THE SKYDECK CATI CURREYXLY-4 NEWS.