Kane County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (KCSAR) set a busy pace in March with training and several successful searches and rescues. The month got off to a good start on March 6, when Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Tracy Glover presented awards to KCSAR volunteers Shelly King, Greg Metcalf, and Don Sprecher for earning the most volunteer points during the past year.

That same evening, Kane County EMTs Darrin Coleman and Brenda Little expertly demonstrated how to prepare a sick or injured person for transport during a typical search and rescue event.

The next day, KCSAR’s rapid response team took part in a search and located two individuals stuck beyond the Hog Canyon area. Later that evening, the rapid response team deployed for a second time and located a lost hiker near Savage Point.

Later in the month, KCSAR assisted with an injured ATV rider in the Hog Canyon area north of Kanab, and helped move the person to a life flight helicopter for transport to Dixie Medical Center in St. George.

The final search occurred later that week in the Blue Pool Canyon area in eastern Kane County, when KSCAR’s Ropes Team, led by Sergeant Shawn King, worked with National Park Service, Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies, Big Water Fire Department, and Kane County EMTs to lift two hikers to safety and transport an injured one by ambulance to Page Hospital.

Now that spring weather is here, before heading outdoors be sure to tell a responsible person where you are going and when you will be back, so they can call for help early on if needed.

Also be sure to take extra food, water, and clothing with you, even if you only plan to be outdoors for a short time. A signal mirror will attract attention during the day, and a headlamp with a flashing bulb makes people much easier to find at night. Be prepared just in case of the unexpected.

KCSAR’s next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. in the downstairs vehicle bays at the Search & Rescue building near the Kanab airport. Please consider attending. Training will cover the use of GPS units in the field. For more information, contact Vice Commander John Jorgensen at (435) 689-1918.