PRINEVILLE, OR -- The Crook County Sheriff’s Office is actively recruiting for Search and Rescue volunteers. Nigel Ballard became interested in working with the team shortly after moving to Prineville a year ago. "I wanted to meet people in the community, I wanted to get out and get some exercise and explore the Ochocos; and what better way than with a team of people who know how to read maps and use a GPS and have lots of communications equipment, and it seemed like a good fit. Now, nine months later, I’m a full member of SAR."
, Ballard says in a new Crook County video
, "If you love the Ochocos and you’re reasonably fit and you’re looking for something to give back to the community, have a sense of being a part of something that’s really good and is essential, than Search and Rescue really does fit that bill."
Division Commander Michael Ryan says there’s no experience necessary; the agency provides training. "You probably already own some rescue gear, camping equipment, things like that, that all our members are required to have. Those types of things, and some aptitude for wanting to go out and help your community, that’s all that’s really needed; we’ll teach you the rest."
Volunteers must complete a basic academy and receive certification. The all-volunteer unit provides search and rescue services for people like lost hikers and hunters and missing snowmobilers. Those interested in serving should contact the Crook County Sheriff’s Office.