Jackson County Search and Rescue volunteers search for a training emergency locator transmitter on Saturday.

Jackson County and Civil Air Patrol

To: KPIC Program Manager

From: Christopher H. Johnson, 2d Lt, CAP, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Oregon Wing

Date: August 24, 2008

Location: Jackson County, Oregon

Why: The Jackson County Search and Rescue and the Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol are partnering together in training to become better prepared for an emergency.

Contact for Questions:

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Contact: Lt. Patrick Rowland, 541-864-8830

Civil Air Patrol Contact: Capt. Larry Kendrick, 541-944-2715

Additional Information:

Attached to this e-mail is a copy of a photo of Jackson County Search and Rescue volunteers searching for a training emergency locator transmitter.

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jackson County and Civil Air Patrol Train for Emergencies

Jackson County Search and Rescue (SAR) and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) are teaming up to prepare for upcoming searches and emergencies.

Visitors to the Ken Denman Wildlife Area in Central Point would have seen a number of individuals walking around carrying radio receiver equipment yesterday. These were members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and members of the Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

This was part of an exercise led by Civil Air Patrol personnel, designed to train Jackson County SAR personnel how to track and locate an emergency locator transmitter (ELT). It followed classroom instruction given by Capt. Larry Kendrick and 2d Lt. Christopher Johnson about how ELTs function and effective search techniques for locating and silencing them. ELTs are radios designed to send out a distress signal in case of an emergencies such as aircraft crashes, marine vessels sinking, or stranded persons in remote locations.

Last week, on Tuesday, August 12, Jackson County SAR Training Director, Ken Berg gave a presentation called “Lost but Found” to members of Medford Composite Squadron and the Grants Pass Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. Berg talked with CAP members about how to prevent an emergency in the outdoors, being prepared in case you become stranded, and what to do once you know you are lost.

“The Lost but Found program directed the Civil Air Patrol cadets towards having a safer mindset when spending time outdoors,” said 1st Lt. Gerry Fulston, a member of both CAP and Jackson County SAR.

“These have been good steps in shared training, as well as great steps in cooperation between two emergency response agencies,” said Berg.

Jackson County SAR and the Civil Air Patrol have been developing a closer working relationship since the foundation of CORSAR (California Oregon Regional Search and Rescue), a task force composed of county and federal emergency response and search and rescue organizations from five Southern Oregon and two Northern California counties in the spring of 2007.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol encourage anyone travelling outdoors or in remote conditions to be prepared for all kinds of weather and to call 911 if you have a cell phone and think you are lost. Jackson County SAR and the Civil Air Patrol encourage persons planning on recreating outdoors to let someone know where you plan on going and how long you plan to be there. Once you think you are lost, stay in one place until you are found.

For more information about the Civil Air Patrol, call 541-688-9408 or visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com. For more information about Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue call 541-864-8830 or visit www.co.jackson.or.us.

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