KC DEM Club: Search and Rescue, Mark Stambaugh

It is not often that a hiker, climber, or skier, needs to be aided by Search and Rescue volunteers. Yet when it happens, they are a godsend. It is scary to think that it could happen, but it can. Fortunately, Search and Rescue recruits and trains people with the skills to help. Mark Stambaugh is one such volunteer. He plays a major role on our local Search and Rescue team. In addition, he is the husband of our longtime member, Donna “Jake” Stambaugh. Join Mark this Friday, for a look into the vital role of Search and Rescue and how these committed volunteers help people out of life and death situations.

Ruben will distribute a Zoom link for this meeting on Thursday, July 23. If you do not receive the link, email him at rmiranda2265@gmail.com.

About Search and Rescue

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Search and Rescue was formed October 1, 2012 to assist city, county, state and federal agencies in times of emergency. The unit is part of the Recreational Division of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Come learn what is involved in a typical search mission. Hear how a plan is developed to maximize the possibility of finding the missing alive and reasonably well. Explore what preparations and equipment are included to address possible problems.

In addition, Mark will explain the types of skills that are required of search team members such as reading maps, using compasses, and a working with GPS. They must also be fit and able to assist the injured in reaching safety. Other skills include climbing, rappelling, tracking, swimming, first aid, wilderness survival, and even crime scene investigation.

Mark has been active for 12 years and is a member the Kootenai, Shoshone, Spokane and Bonner County Search and Rescue Teams. He is the President of the Inland Northwest SAR. He has been a member of the Spokane County’s Air Support Unit as well as an instructor with the National Ski Patrol in mountain rescue, avalanche, and outdoor emergency care.

Be there this Friday, learn what volunteering really means for helping people. This Friday, 9/25, noon online. The link to join will be provided on Thursday.

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