March 25, 2011 (San Diego) – Many San Diegans are unaware that the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit is an all-volunteer unit.
To learn skills needed for rescuing people who may become trapped in rugged terrain, 25 volunteers are undergoing training this weekend by rappelling down the side of a 70-foot-high tower at Stu Segall Productions in Kearny Mesa.
The volunteers started their four-month classroom and field trainings in January.
“This marks the first time the volunteers in the academy will rappel. It’s an intense experience, but the exercise is designed to help develop self-confidence, build teamwork and practice what they
could encounter in a real rescue,” said Melissa Aquino, media relations officer.
The Sheriff’s Search and Rescue unit volunteers perform wilderness and urban rescues as well as searches for missing persons. Teams are available 24 hours a day to respond to local, state and federal agency requests.
To learn more about Sheriff's Search and Rescue and how you can volunteer, visit http://www.sdsheriff.net/sar/units.html. For more information, contact Sgt. Don Parker (619) 952-8933