First Responders Train with Mock Search and Rescue
Albemarle, Fluvanna and Greene counties' sheriff's offices participated in a mock search and rescue.
Police and first
responders in central Virginia are making sure they are ready when the call
More than 100 people
participated in a mock search and rescue mission Friday night, part of the
Albemarle County Sheriff's Office's annual spring training.
The scenario: a Fluvanna County
farm hand has been missing for hours. His boss, who reported him missing, went
to look for him. Now he is lost too. Search and rescue teams have deployed and
are looking for clues to find the two men. A very likely situation, but in this
case it is all staged.
"We're able to tune
in on our skills that we've learned and be able to figure out the new equipment
we've got and to see how we're able to operate with other agencies," said
Chief Deputy Bobby Shiflett with the Albemarle Sheriff's Office.
Three search teams, two
rescue dogs, a command center and a search helicopter all came together for the
mock rescue. For the first time the training included the Fluvanna County and Greene
County sheriff's offices.
"It also gives me the
opportunity to see what resources that may be available to me if I needed
additional assistance in such a scenario of a missing person or individual of
that nature," said Fluvanna County Sheriff Ryant Washington.
During the training search
teams looked for clues on the ground while the helicopter conducted an aerial
search - all in preparation for the hard work a real-life search and rescue
"It takes a lot when
someone becomes missing to organize and prepare to hopefully get the individual
back safe and sound," Washington said.
Crews will pick up
training again Saturday morning at 6 a.m. and some of those exercises will take
place in both Albemarle and Greene counties.
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