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Volunteers train for water rescues

The Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council partnered with Clackamas Fire District No. 1 to teach Swift Water Rescue Team volunteers techniques for swift-water survival.

Crews did classroom-related work on Saturday and trained at Dodge Park in Sandy on Sunday.

“I was wowed beyond what I would have ever imagined on our previous one a couple of weeks ago,” said Sherri Magdlen, director of development for the Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council. “Our searchers walk the riverbanks in treacherous conditions, in the wee hours of the morning, snow, ice, freezing temperatures and raging waters looking for subjects who have fallen into the river or have struggled with the conditions beyond their capabilities. This is a critical training.”

The volunteer training was funded by Bob's Red Mill. Siletz Charitable Contributions recently provided funding for an avalanche training for searchers.



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