Meet the heroes behind Washington County search and rescue – St George News


SOUTHERN UTAH – On her new show “Sunny Side with Cindy,” morning show host Sunny 101.5, Cindy Olson, celebrates the people who make our community a better place to live.

Olson recently visited the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to learn more about search and rescue operations from Deputy Chief Nate Brooksby and Sgt. Darrell Cashin. Responding to emergencies in the rugged hinterland requires courage, intensive training and unwavering dedication.

Learn more about Washington County’s search and rescue operations in this episode of “Sunny Side with Cindy” in the media player above.

The Sheriff’s Office oversees all search and rescue operations in Washington County. They answer calls ranging from lost hikers to ATV accidents in canyons, forests, lakes and even on top of mountains. Local police services also use search and rescue services when they need additional resources, such as locating a missing child.

Ground, diving, whitewater, diving and medical rescue teams operate under the aegis of search and rescue.

“A lot of these places where people get (injured) are inaccessible to your normal ambulance,” Cashin said. “That’s why we have these teams, to try to keep them stable until we can extract them. “

About 80 men and women from across Washington County serve on a strictly volunteer basis, donating their time, skills and resources. Brooksby said many team members bring their own all-terrain vehicles to assist with rescues in remote areas.

“We really appreciate our volunteers,” he added. “We couldn’t do it without them.

If you venture beyond the range of a cell phone, be sure to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back. Give them a description of your vehicle so they can call for help and quickly provide important information to the search team if you don’t return. With a vast expanse of wilderness throughout the region, having a starting point is crucial for a successful rescue operation.

To volunteer or learn how to support local search and rescue efforts, visit the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website.

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