Get Involved with Leadville’s Search and Rescue Team
Lake County Search and Rescue (LCSAR) will hold a community fundraising and get acquainted event this Friday, May 12 from 7 – 9 p.m. This event will be held at the Vertex Workspace located at 1205 Harrison Avenue, across the street from the library, and the public is invited. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a presentation to explain the responsibilities of LCSAR. Refreshments will be served.
This event will offer both a raffle and an auction with many great items donated from local & national businesses as well as local community members. Search & Rescue members will be there to share their experiences and explain the opportunities to assist Search and Rescue by volunteering, making donations, or offering other skills you may have that could assist them. While the basic funding for equipment comes from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office budget, there are a variety of items that can assist these volunteers, such as uniforms, healthy snacks and water to keep their strength up on these missions.
Currently there are 16 active members who make themselves available for missions as their schedules allow. Search and Rescue is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Most calls are from people who are lost or injured. The number of calls handled over the last several years averages 20 calls per year. If you are an outdoor enthusiast and would like to help, consider volunteering with Search and Rescue. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the type of rescues they respond to and what skills are needed. It is also a great time to thank these folks for their efforts.
Search and Rescue meets the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. @ 700 E 10th Street. A typical meeting would include a recap of recent rescues, training, and fixing or preparing equipment and supplies for the next mission.
Search and Rescue organizations across the state are all-volunteer and are mandated in Colorado Revised Statues 24-33.5-707 which provides for local and inter-jurisdictional disaster agencies & services. Search & Rescue works under the sheriff’s office in each county. These services are provided to the public for free by State Statue.
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