County Search and Rescue seeking volunteers

Pierce County’s Explorer Search and Rescue unit is seeking young adults, ages 14 to 20, for membership in the Northwest’s premier search and rescue organization.

Explorer Search and Rescue (ESAR) is also looking for adult volunteers to participate in the training as advisors.

Orientation sessions for prospective new members will be held between Sept. 25 and Nov. 6 (see schedule below).

The unit assists in search and rescue missions has worked with the Department of Emergency Management on such projects as the installation of the Mount Rainier Volcano Warning System.

Members also may be requested to search for evidence at crime scenes or assist in sandbagging during flooding.

Unit members are called out three or four times a month at all hours.
Participation includes six weekends of training that includes search and rescue techniques, survival skills, helicopter operations, first aid, and map and compass instruction.

To find out more about becoming a member of this rewarding organization, attend one of the following orientation meetings or call 253/752-ESAR (3727).

Pierce County ESAR Orientation Schedule 2002/2003:
– Sept. 25, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Summit Library, 5107 112th E.;
– Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Peninsula Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W.;
– Sept. 30, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Bonney Lake Library, 18501 90th E.;
– Oct. 8, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Parkland Library, 13718 Pacific Ave.;
– Oct. 12, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Sumner Library, 116 Fryar Ave.;
– Oct. 16, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.;
– Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., South Hill Library, 15420 Meridian E.;
– Oct. 22, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., University Place Library, 3605 Bridgeport Way; and
– Nov. 6, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Graham Library, 9202 224th E.