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Post by L Roebuck on Apr 9, 2006 8:53:09 GMT -5
Rescue team trains for future emergencies
The Southern Arizona Rescue Association is a professional unpaid group that provides desert and mountain rescue services to all of Southern Arizona .
Saturday afternoon, the group took part in on-going training at the Pepper Sauce Cave near Oracle.
Rescuing injured explorers and pulling them from dark, desolate caves is just one of the many missions this group of volunteers takes part in.
“It’s a pretty neat feeling when you get to help someone that has been hurt in the wilderness, whether it's a cave or up in the mountain," says Brian Duffy, SARE volunteer.
Trenton Barber, another SARE volunteer, says, “I do it to help other people."
But, Saturday, it wasa a mock-drill as the Southern Arizona Rescue Association prepares for future emergency situations.
“You go a quarter mile, a hundred feet, it doesn't make a difference in a cave if your light goes out,” says Barber, “It's pitch black. You are going to fall.”
That in mind, these volunteers also train on preventing themselves from running into life-or-death situations.
“It’s safety first for your rescuer, safety for your teammates, and then you take care of the individual that you're going to rescue," says Duffy.
Barber adds, “It's a good hobby.”
It’s a hobby for these volunteers and a life-saver for others.
SARA remains active by taking part in nearly 100 search and rescue missions a year.