These are my stories as a volunteer member of the Sheriff's Search & Rescue team in Coconino County, Arizona. I'll share what it's like to go from a beginner with a lot to learn to an experienced and, hopefully, valuable member of the team, as well as the missions, trainings, and other activities along the way.
About Coconino County
About Coconino County
Encompassing 18,661 square miles, Coconino County, Arizona, is the second largest county in the U.S. but one of the least populated. Our county includes Grand Canyon National Park, the Navajo, Havasupai, Hualapai and Hopi Indian Reservations, and the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the world. Elevations range from 2,000 feet above sea level along the Colorado River to 12,633 feet at the summit of Mt. Humphreys in Flagstaff.
February 14, 2009
Just a shout out to let ya'll know I'm still here, in case you were wondering perhaps. It's just that my SAR pager hasn't made a peep in ... hmm ... what's it been? At least a couple of weeks.
And that's a good thing. I mean, as much as I love being on the team and participating with missions, I don't WISH for people to get hurt, stranded or lost, especially in the very wintry weather we've had lately. (Not to mention that it certainly is nice to be warm and cozy inside when it's snowing like crazy and c-c-cold outside.)
Anyhow, in the meantime, I've been reading away. More SAR stuff, of course, including Heart of the Storm: My Adventures as a Helicopter Rescue Pilot and Commanderby Colonel Edward Fleming. I wrote a little review on my other SAR blog, SARstoriesNews, if you're interested.
Now, though, as I take a break from books about helicopters (which I seem to have developed a bit of a fascination with over the past year or so), I'm reading a piece of fiction for a change, called The Wall by Jeff Long, a thriller that takes place on Yosemite's El Capitan. (I'm giving you the Amazon links, but I've found these books at our local library, so you probably can, too.)
Anyhow, I'll be back to babbling when something babble-worthy happens.
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