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Search and Rescue Training Begins

By Sharon Ko

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — The search and rescue team in Jackson County says they have a 100 percent success rate in finding missing people since 2003. Organizers hope to continue that record with over 200 volunteers as part of the team this year.

The California-Oregon Regional Search and Rescue volunteers come out of the training learning skills to handle any emergency situation. Volunteers learn everything, from map and compass techniques, to how to work with helicopter rescues using search dogs.

For some who have been in the program for several years, they are learning new skills this year. One volunteer told Newswatch12 that every skill he learns, he uses every time. CORSAR says it brings new elements every year to make sure volunteers learn different techniques and skills.

Volunteers from ten counties in Oregon and two from California are part of the event. The training will last for four days. This year Jackson County held the CORSAR training event, but every year idifferent counties host.