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Learn the Anatomy of a Rescue

Posted by HikerCass at Apr 01, 2015 09:15 AM |

Although each search and rescue mission varies based on the location and situation of the person in trouble, a general procedure is usually followed for rescues. Here is a timeline to show you what happens when.

All of the time and effort that search and rescue volunteers dedicate to training is put to the test when an emergency call comes in. In King County, that happens an average of once every three days. Although each rescue varies based on the location and situation of the person in trouble, a general procedure is usually followed. Knowing what’s going on behind the scenes of a rescue can be helpful, especially if you’re the one waiting for help—anxiously wondering what’s taking so long.

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This timeline represents what typically happens behind the scenes of a rescue—and when.

Keep yourself safe on trail

It may feel like all of the action is going on behind the scenes of a rescue, but there's plenty you can do before you adventure, while you hike and while you wait for rescue to help search and rescue help you. Check out our top tips here.

Want to learn more? Check out our search and rescue resource page.

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This article has been adapted from the March+April 2015 issue of Washington Trails magazine. Join WTA, and get a year of our member magazine delivered to your door!


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