PREVENTATIVE SEARCH AND RESCUE (PSAR)
Preventive Search and Rescue (PSAR) is an overarching program focused on educating residents and visitors to Coconino County on how to prepare for and safely recreate in our diverse landscape. These services are provided to the community by Search and Rescue volunteers in multiple programs.
In 2016 we piloted Child Safety in the Out-of-Doors and taught about 2,500 elementary school children and their parents/guardians how children can be safe should they become lost in the out-of-doors.
We completed the first year of rollout (2017) and taught more than 4,000 children and their parents/guardians. 2,300 of this number were taught in schools across the county. Recognizing our work, the Flagstaff Unified School District presenting the program with the “Key to the District” award.
Community events such as Flagstaff Night Out and Arizona Trail Days highlight education in conjunction with demonstrations by our K9 and Mounted teams. These events have proven to be another approach for educating children and their parents/guardians about our outdoors environment. They afford the children an opportunity to test their knowledge of outdoor safety using the Wonderful Wheel of Wilderness Knowledge, learn how our dogs find lost people and how to behave around horses. In 2017 we participated in 13 such events.
Science specific events exemplified by the Flagstaff Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) event on the Northern Arizona University Campus and STEAM (adding Art) event in Williams allow us to discuss safety and the science behind search and rescue efforts with a very wide audience from the community.
General search and rescue personnel and the mounted unit take an active part in the Flagstaff to Grand Canyon 100 mile Stagecoach Race, proactively being available for support of lost or injured runners and staff.
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For further information or to request a presentation for your group please send a request at this link.