Kootenai County Search and Rescue volunteers prepare for duty

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 5 at 6:21 PM

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho.—The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office does a lot to prepare its volunteers to help with Search and Rescue missions. The volunteers spend time in the classroom, reading textbooks and outside learning how to survive with only a few tools.
   
There were 25 volunteers learning how to build a shelter in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest on Saturday. The volunteers go over different types of shelters and when it is better to use each kind.

The volunteers also said they learn how to build a fire and keep it going, no matter what kind of weather they are dealing with.

"They're all volunteers, they're taking time away from their busy schedule, taking time away from their family,” said Sergeant Ryan Higgins with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has almost 50 volunteers who often have to pay for their own gear and equipment. Some of their supplies are covered by donations and grants.

The final part of the training on Saturday included searching for clues that might help them find a missing person.

"When we have a missing person, we need as many people as we can to help find these people that are qualified,” said Higgins.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said they are always looking for help if you are interested in donating or joining the Search and Rescue Unit.
 

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