GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The parking lot of North Valley High School in Grants Pass was flooded with sheriff’s cars. Local law enforcement representatives used the school to learn new search and rescue skills.
California Oregon Regional Search and Rescue or CORSAR hosted a day-long training session for search and rescue crews, law enforcement officers and volunteers from nine different Southern Oregon counties. The CORSAR attendees borrowed a computer lab in the school.
An instructor from MyTopo Terrain Navigator taught the attendees how to use the most updated version of that program. It’s a mapping system CORSAR uses to help find missing people, allowing the rescuer to combine information from multiple sources and narrow down the options for where the person is.
Search and rescue coordinators from Coos, Curry, Del Norte, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake and Siskiyou Counties were in attendance, among others. The attendees got hands on practice with the latest version of the program.
The morning session focused on basic features of the program and the afternoon session went further in depth, with attendees perfecting the more advanced features that could help them save a life.